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Eat What You Sow!

EATING their five a day is about to get a lot easier for people with learning disabilities in Weymouth.

An exciting new gardening project is being launched in the town with participants encouraged to eat what they sow.

East Boro, which specialises in housing and support services for vulnerable clients across Dorset, is running the scheme on land at Framer Ps at Redlands.

East Boro’s Mary Stepin explained: “We ran the project as a pilot scheme last year and it proved so successful that we are now doing it again on a larger scale.

“The project gives people with all levels of learning disabilities the opportunity to plant, grow and harvest crops. After that they get to enjoy the best bit – taking the produce home and eating it.

“As an organisation East Boro is passionate about promoting healthy living and lifestyles and the gardening project is an excellent example of this.

“It gets people outside doing physical exercise and a lot of thought is put into what is grown based on its nutritional and dietary value.

“Sitting down to enjoy fruit and vegetables as part of a meal knowing you’ve actually planted, nurtured and harvested the produce yourself is such a rewarding experience.”

She added: “On top of that, the garden is also a great conservation and nature area and our aim is to encourage wildlife, birds, insects and sustainable bio-diversity.”

The project gets underway on Monday April 7 and will run every Monday from 10.30am to 1.30pm until the end of September.

Participants are asked to wear suitable clothes and footwear although gloves and gardening tools and equipment are provided. Refreshments are also available to purchase.

Each session priced at £22.50 which can be self-funded or paid through direct payments.

“The project is very popular”, added Mrs Stepin, “so I’d urge anyone interested in taking part to contact us as soon as possible.

“It is open to anyone with a learning disability regardless of whether you are an East Boro tenant or not.”

To book or for more information, please contact Sue Porter on 01305-750304 or Maria Holmes on 01202-883503.

Date Posted: Wednesday 28th May 2014 @ 13:00