HOMEOWNERS in the city have been ditching the supermarket and starting to grow their own vegetables.
Gloucester City Homes residents are learning some valuable hints and tips on how to grow their own vegetables at a new training course launched by the organisation Shine Learning Academy in partnership with Vision 21.
The course covers how to prepare a vegetable plot for sowing and what to plant when, as well as growing vegetable plots in small spaces.
Residents at Charter Court sheltered housing scheme where the course is being held are planning to join forces to plant up some of the new raised planters provided at the scheme last year as part of GCH’s Community improvement Programme and to share some fresh, home grown produce later in the year.
Gloucester City Homes Shine Learning Academy provides a range of training opportunities for residents in a range of practical skills, plus IT and other skills to help people into employment.
Community involvement coordinator Lyn Scudamore said: “Our residents thoroughly enjoyed this session and they are looking forward to starting to grow their own vegetables at the scheme at the next session in March.
“We have a fantastic programme of courses for residents this year delivering a wide variety of topics including sewing, horticulture, basic IT, first aid and Learning through Play for young families.”
City Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth), said:“We had a very good gathering at the Charter Court. I roped in Gloucester Sheriff Said hansdot for the talk given by Vision 21 from Tweskbury. The talk was arranged by Gloucester City Homes headed by Mandy Holt under the heading New Year, New Opportunities.
“It was well attended by the residents and they learnt about garden health and safety, planning and digging plots. They are also looking after tools, sowing seeds and how to get rid of slugs.
“My purpose for this gathering is to create awareness of exercise and reduce stress and anxiety, but also to allow social interaction ,save money, learn new skills and make use of good land. I am trying to get allotments in the Hartland area for the community.