Older folk get digging to sow the seeds of healthy living

Bupa residents Leslie Chapman, 82, and Marjorie Widdop, 94, sow and grow with the help of xl programme executive for The Prince's Trust, Helen Thurston and Bupa's community affairs assistant, Caroline Davy
Bupa residents Leslie Chapman, 82, and Marjorie Widdop, 94, sow and grow with the help of xl programme executive for The Prince's Trust, Helen Thurston and Bupa's community affairs assistant, Caroline Davy
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GREEN-FINGERED residents at a Sheffield nursing home have their watering cans at the ready - to take part in a national activity day promoting the benefits of gardening and growing fruit and veg.

Residents at Broomcroft House nursing home on Ecclesall Road will be getting involved in Bupa’s Community Crops ‘sow and grow’ day next Wednesday.

The national initiative is supported by the Prince’s Trust, which is linking up with Bupa care homes across the country. Schools and community groups are also lending a hand, with volunteers from the RSPB due to call in to Broomcroft to help out too.

Home manager Andrea Fletcher said: “This is a great way for our residents to appreciate the fresh air, stay active, and get a real sense of achievement by tending to crops and watching them grow.

“Getting the local community involved is important to us as well.

“It promotes healthy and active lifestyles, and lets everyone see first-hand the benefits of growing your own fruit and veg.”

Caroline Davy, Bupa’s community affairs manager, added: “For our residents who were keen gardeners before they joined us, Community Crops offers a great opportunity to get back involved, but it also helps minds as well as bodies. Particularly for our residents with dementia, sharing stories about ‘digging for victory’ and the tradition of growing your own are excellent memory triggers to aid connections with the past.”