Southwood residents eat what they sow

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, Posts.

Green-fingered residents at Southwood Crescent have been growing their own produce, thanks to a grant from our Sustainable Communities Fund.

Staff and residents at the sheltered scheme used the funding to create an allotment garden. After months of hard work, it is now flourishing with strawberries, leeks, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and more.

The garden was built by staff and residents on unused open-plan land. It features raised beds, fencing, and a paved pathway for wheelchair users.

Sheltered Scheme Officer Alice Haswell came up with the idea after running the scheme’s lunch club. The lunch club, which takes place weekly in the communal lounge, was originally set up so residents could cook, eat and socialise together. Now, residents use their own produce to provide the meals.

Older Person’s Housing Officer Steph Sewell said:

“This has been a brilliant project to work on.

“The past few months have been tough for everyone, but the allotment garden has helped with residents’ mental health. It has also been great in boosting morale.

“Lockdown did slow us down slightly, but residents have been working hard, at a safe distance. As a result, they’ve managed to grow a huge variety of fruit and vegetables.  

“It’s great to see us putting housing company funding to such good use.”

To find out more about our Sheltered Schemes, email the Older Person’s Team at shelteredhousing@gatesheadhousing.co.uk or call 0191 433 5356.

Photos: Southwood Crescent residents working hard in their allotment garden.