Ecotherapy in action
When working as a tutor for the Warrington Collegiate Institute, I was asked to teach people with mental health problems living at Lea Court nursing home in Warrington, managed by Alternative Futures. After speaking with the manager, I persuaded him to give up this section of the lawn.
He was only too glad as it saved it having to be mown!!!! I was, with my new students, about to give the tired old piece of lawn, a new life!
Beautifully grown organic vegetables!!!!!! Grown by the residents of Lea Court, with a little help!!!
Potatoes, radish, lettuce, salad crops, onions and garlic were grown on what used to be the lawn!!
In most cases, depending upon the soil, I use a no-dig raised bed system of gardening. Otherwise its back to the good old double dig system. The beds were made by the residents themselves from wood……
The next stage was to rid the beds of any perennial weeds, particularly dandelions in a lawn, then the beds had to be filled. I like to use composted vegetable waste to grow vegetables in….and these students were eager to get on with the growing and filling of the beds!!
This student particularly like using the wheelbarrow to transport the compost from the large pile outside the front door in the car park and tipping it into the beds! Great fun!
Last few loads…..Planting time is fast approaching..!