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Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive, Southway Housing Trust
I was very impressed with the project and am keen to look at ways in which we can build on it next year.
Working in collaboration with Southway Housing Trust, the Growing Communities programme encouraged community engagement to stimulate food growing at home and achieve great things for individuals and the wider community.
The aim of the Growing Communities programme was to enable tenants to access low cost, healthy food and learn about growing their own whilst benefiting from a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for themselves and their families.
Southway Housing Trust manages 6,000 properties across five wards of Manchester in the south of the city. Many of these areas suffer from extreme deprivation, with high levels of poverty and poor health affecting many communities.   Many of the houses were built with large gardens – the perfect location for growing fruit and vegetables! We saw this as a great opportunity to encourage people to get their hands dirty and grow their own produce.  Tenants in the area received a propagator and easy to grow vegetable seeds of their choice and were invited to join local food growing workshops and in their area. They were provided with the support and advice they needed to transform their own gardens into flourishing allotments. Between 2013 and 2016 we provided seed growing kits and individual support to over 2000 Southway tenants, delivered over 30 fruit and vegetable growing workshops, ran talks and walks on more advanced topics such as plant propagation and beekeeping, and organised community events with over 600 attendees.
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