The gardening group ‘Grow it, Eat it’ began life as part of the Field to Fabric project in 2014/15. Students grew a variety plants for the RHS Tatton Show to demonstrate how plants are used as dyes or as part of the fabric making process.
The Gardening group has gone from strength to strength since the Field to Fabric project, looking at different methods of growing plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables, learning how to cook a healthy meal or cake and also learning generally about health and wellbeing issues. Since the start, two students have gone on to full-time college course doing City and Guilds in horticulture, one has gained enough confidence to volunteer at a charity on a regular basis and others have made dramatic changes to their diet and lifestyles. Along the way we’ve encouraged the students to try different types of fruit and vegetables as part of healthy eating and well being. Many have lost weight since beginning the course and all enjoy learning about the practical skills of gardening, harvesting and eating the food we grow.
The group is based during the warmer months at Quarry Bank Community Centre in Skelmersdale and has helped raise money for the polytunnels and donated many of the shrubs from the garden at Tatton. We help to maintain and weed the raised beds and extensive garden at Quarry Bank. During the winter months we are based at the E Rooms and it is here that most of the food tasting and preparation for the growing season takes place.
We meet on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12noon and everyone is welcome.