Chance to get digging for the community

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VOLUNTEERS are asked to get digging in support of a green-fingered group of care home residents who have started their own community kitchen garden.

The team – Pat Wells, Pam Pawson, Christine Parsons, Jennie McKinnon and Hilary Scott – are working with retired wing commander and volunteer David Wood at growing herbs and veg for the kitchen at Hovenden House, the Leonard Cheshire Disability home at Fleet, near Holbeach.

And their plot in the grounds has been signed up as one of South Holland District Council’s Community Gardens.

Christine said: “This is the first time I’ve had the chance to do some gardening. So far we have been able to plant the seeds in the pots and when they are ready, they will be planted out into the kitchen garden.”

The group, who need a bit of help with the hard labour of gardening, are tending kitchen essentials basil, sage, rosemary, tomatoes, runner beans, celery, radish, onions and lettuce.

The aim is that what they sow by hand today they can savour on the dinner plate tomorrow.

Mr Wood said: “This is really useful for the residents as the kitchen garden is right next to the dining room where they can see it while they’re eating. They can recognise what they’ve planted.”

South Holland District Council portfolio holder for Big Society, Coun Nick Worth, said: “It’s great to see these special residents rolling up their sleeves and setting us all a great example, getting their hands dirty and joining the increasing number of people in the district who are growing their own.”

Hovenden House is currently looking for more gardening volunteers to work on this project. If you are interested please contact Ann Parker, telephone 01406 423037 or email

If you want to start your own community kitchen garden or join with one already up and running, visit, or contact the Community Development Team on or 01775 761161.