Green-fingered Perton residents are getting a health-kick as part of an intergenerational gardening project, thanks to funding from a housing association.
Residents at Corsers Court, an extra care scheme in Perton for people aged mainly over 55 managed by Care Plus, are setting up a new communal garden with the help of primary school pupils.
Thanks to funding and support from South Staffordshire Housing Association and The Prince’s Trust, the extra care scheme has bought sleepers, stakes, plants and compost to create a raised bed and sensory garden where residents can grow their own produce.
The bed is also going to be used for a ‘Food for Thought’ healthy eating project run in partnership with Staffordshire Council starting later in the spring. This will see local primary schools working with older people at the scheme to grow vegetables in the raised bed.
Manager of Corsers Court Nadine McCann said: “The funding for the garden is really going to make a difference to the lives of the residents with mobility restrictions and disabilities as it is easily accessible. Residents are already getting involved in the activities and are looking forward to getting back into a treasured past-time.
“We are looking forward to the spring when we can start to work with local primary school pupils on the ‘Food for Thought’ project. The garden is going to hugely benefit the residents and other community groups with whom we already have contact with.”
Resident Ken Kelly, aged 75, said: “We’re delighted with the new raised garden and we’re looking forward to getting our green-fingers working again. For many of us it has been a few years since we did any gardening so it is going to be good for us to get back into it and maybe pass on some tips to the younger generations.”