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Hospital beds growing fruit and veg

Sustain’s project partners Sow the City provide a well being garden for those at North Manchester General Hospital.

Building a ‘Hospital Bed’. Photo credit: Sow the City

Building a ‘Hospital Bed’. Photo credit: Sow the City

People with long term mental ill health now have the opportunity to learn basic construction and landscaping skills in a new ‘Hospital Bed’ garden in Crumpsall Vale Intermediate Care Unit. Jon Ross, Director of Sow the City believes that this will not only make a nicer environment for the older adults at the unit but will have practical benefits:

“The garden will include easy access growing beds, fruit trees, and a pergola. To engage with the patients, Sow the City will run therapeutic gardening sessions and help them grow tasty fruit and veg. The project will save the hospital money on its shopping bills and provide healthy meals for patients at the unit.”

Sow the City are a member of Sustain’s Growing Health and also involved in the national Big Dig programme.

Published 20 Sep 2018

Growing Health: Growing Health is a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain, which is funded by the Tudor Trust, to see how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing for a range of individuals and population groups.

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