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    A supported housing service for women and their children in Middlesbrough has been awarded almost £10,000 to revamp a community garden.

    Endeavour Housing Associaiton’s Rainham House temporary accommodation service has been awarded funding for their Roots and Shoots garden project. Working in partnership with community allotment organisation Dig It, the service will use the money to create a garden area and deliver gardening workshops for residents and their children, reports Bdaily.

    The project is aiming to provide tenants and locals the ability to learn how to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers in a garden space and gain skills that will leave a lasting impact on their health and well-being.

    Pauline Byrnes, Team Manager at Rainham House, said: “We’re very excited about the new allotment garden. This project will show how easy it is to grow your own veg and eat healthy, nutritious meals on a low budget, even in the smallest of growing spaces. We know that mothers in particular, have a great role to play in influencing the current and future health of their children. If good eating habits are established in the early years, children are more likely to eat healthily in the long-term. We want to encourage children to get involved with growing food and learn about where it really comes from – it can be a fantastic, fun, outdoor family activity.”

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    October 06, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Funding

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