The Trust is offering fun and educational gardening and allotment sessions to residents of Calderdale to help them get outside and get growing.
The courses, run by the Trust’s Calderdale Health Improvement Service, will offer adults resident in Calderdale the chance to learn how to grow their own food, tend to an allotment, and improve their health and wellbeing through taking part in outdoor activities. All sessions will take place on Pellon Allotments, Stretchgate Lane, Halifax.
The courses and sessions include:
• Growing Healthy – Weekly sessions for two hours from March
These weekly growing sessions on the service’s community allotment are open to adults living in Calderdale and will provide tips on growing fruit and vegetables to improve health and wellbeing. Attendees will also take home a share of seasonal produce.
• Get Growing – Courses in April, May, June and July
These free four week courses aim to teach locals the basics of growing fruit and vegetables. The courses are suitable for those with an allotment, a patch of garden or even space for a few pots living in Calderdale and will offer advice on how to get started and what to grow.
• Gardening for Wellbeing – One-off taster sessions running from April to September.
These sessions are aimed at established groups from Calderdale looking for a taste of allotment gardening and growing and will include a free start-up kit. The growing activity will vary depending on the time of year.
Sally Baker, Health Improvement Practitioner said: “These courses are a great opportunity for people to get out and about in the upcoming months. Gardening is really beneficial to people’s health in a number of ways – it’s a great way to do more physical activity as well as learning new skills. It can even help prevent and manage some health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, and can also improve your mental health.”
The Trust’s Calderdale Health Improvement Service provides free information and advice to help improve overall wellbeing. Their services include support to lose weight, be more active and quit smoking.
For more information or to book a place, contact the Healthy Lifestyles team on 01422 281529. To find out more about the Health Improvement Service, visit their Facebook page.