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Growing Health hits the Natural Healthcare news

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Here's a recent blogpost by our volunteer Karen Shields (left above with Project Manager and Horticultural Therapist Liz McElroy) for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare News all about her role in our Growing Health project:

"I qualified as a nutritional therapist in 2012 and joined CNHC that year and began practising at my own clinic. In June 2016 I started volunteering (in my capacity as a nutritional therapist) at the Triangle Community Garden in Hitchin.

Councillor Ian Albert to the rescue!

Cllr Ian Albert
Tuesday, 2 May 2017

As soon as he heard of the damage that had been inflicted on our Pollinator's Garden, Bearton Ward Labour Councillor Ian Albert offered to contribute to the replacement planting costs.

Although Cllr Albert voted against the Conservative Councillors' proposal to award themselves a pay rise, when the motion was carried, he decided to accept the extra allowance and use it to benefit community groups in the area. 

Nip it in the Bud!

weeds on the allotment
Monday, 6 March 2017

As a part of our Social and Horticultural Therapy sessions at Growing Ability, we come across many situations whereby activities in the garden are used to develop our clients socially, physically and mentally. The sessions we provide aim to improve confidence, self-esteem, health and well-being. Project Manager Liz McElroy takes us through one such situation:

Hedge Laying Day 2017

volunteers bending the hazel binders into place
Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The last Sunday in January saw our second, successful hedge laying day. Garden Club leader Steve Granger, who set up the activity and oversaw much of the preparation undertaken by our Garden Club, explains the process: