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Five a day for Gilfach Goch lunch club

19 July 2019

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Green fingered residents in Swn Yr Afon sheltered scheme have been busy filling their new vegetable patches.

Back in February, Trivallis’ Estates and Communities Team (TEC) completed a project to regenerate the garden of the Gilfach Goch based scheme so residents could spend more time outside.

John Locke lives in Swn Yr Afon. He said: “We used to have growing areas in the garden but the Welsh weather got to them and the wood became rotten. The team has worked really hard and cleared them all away and built two new raised beds filled with soil for us to use.”

Residents from the scheme have planted vegetables including cabbage, peas, carrots and radish, which they plan to harvest and eat as part of their lunch club.

Elizabeth Middleton also lives in the scheme. She said: “Once a month we have a lunch club where volunteers from the local church come into the scheme and cook for us. We’re hoping to use some of the food we have grown in the meals we have next time.”

According to mental health charity, Mind, doing things like growing food or flowers, can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. Read our gardening tips from Roger Crookes to find out more about growing your own vegetables.

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