Growing ideas at Castle Grange

We recently visited Castle Grange on Ing Lane, where we had a look around the grounds with Lou and Claire. Castle Grange is a care home for people with dementia, with an enclosed garden where the residents can sit outside. When nearby Headfield Road was widened to make room for the new school, the care home lost a strip of land that was part of their garden. In exchange, they’ve now been given some extra land at the side of Castle Grange, which will be leveled soon to make it easier for the residents to use.

The staff would like to use this patch of land to provide some food growing activities for the people who live at Castle Grange, and to involve the local community too. 

We had an interesting talk about how food can help to spark memories for people with dementia – anything from the aroma of herbs to the crunch of a stick of celery. It really made us think in a different way about the value of growing food and the impact that it can have on people’s well-being. Of course, we’d like to do what we can to help.

We will try to help the staff at Castle Grange with planning the space (which needs to be safe for the residents), with applying for funding if needed, and for getting things up and running. We’re also looking for some people who might like to help Lou and Claire to organise some planting activities there. Any help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated – it really could help to improve people’s lives.

If you’d like to help with food growing at Castle Grange, or if you’re just interested in finding out a bit more, please use our contact form to let us know.

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