Over 55 and want to try something different? Come and grow healthy veg with us in Hyde!

containerplantingfor tatton_cropOperation Farm is seeking Hyde residents over the age of 55 to get involved in free fruit and vegetable growing sessions on their allotment in Hyde Park in Tameside.

The weekly sessions are an opportunity to learn new skills, or share existing ones, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, with all the benefits of being out in the fresh air.

The sessions are open to everyone over the age of 55 and are run by experienced horticultural tutors who encourage and support volunteers to get involved in sowing, growing, harvesting and planning on the plot. Participants can do as little or as much as they want to and no prior experience is necessary.

Current volunteer Jen Mellor says: “I really enjoy coming down to the allotment. Since starting to volunteer I’ve learnt loads about growing vegetables organically. I’ve made new friends here and get to share in the harvest as well!”

As part of the project there will also be cookery sessions this autumn and winter at the nearby Grafton Centre in Hyde. Volunteers and centre users will cook and eat simple, healthy meals using produce grown on the allotment.

Project Co-ordinator Jane Massam says: “We want to encourage people from the local area to join in, make new friends, spend time outdoors and grow but also cook up the produce. As part of the project, our community plot has new raised beds, a polytunnel and onsite toilet facilities to make it more accessible and comfortable in all weathers. Get in touch to take part!”

The two year project is funded with money raised by HealthSustain through The People’s Health Lottery. Site improvements have also been supported with funding from Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund.

Sessions run every Tuesday 10am till 2pm at Hyde Park Allotments. Come and join in!

For further information Ring Jane or Anna on 07521308000 or Email: operationfarm@gmail.com

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People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each of the 51 society lotteries and makes grants using money raised by the society lotteries through The Health Lottery.