A new food growing project will bring people of all ages together to help boost health, happiness and wellbeing.

‘Growing Together’ will see food growing spaces established at sheltered accommodation sites in Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Newport and Cardiff. Older people will have the opportunity to work with local school pupils on every aspect of the project, from planning and design, to construction, planting and harvesting.

The project is led by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, working with Age Connects Torfaen, United Welsh and Newport City Homes. It is funded by the Healthy and Active Fund (HAF), a partnership between Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy comments:

We hope that by supporting people of all ages to get involved in practical outdoor activities, the ‘Growing Together’ project will benefit the mental and physical health of our communities. We want older people to feel valued and have the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to younger generations. We would like to thank the Healthy and Active Fund and our partners for making ‘Growing Together’ possible. We’re sure the project will show that age is no barrier.

Tim Monckton for Newport City Homes comments:

Newport City Homes is delighted to work on this exciting new partnership project. Bringing together our older residents with the younger generation is a key part of developing more cohesive communities. The physical and mental wellbeing benefits will be far-reaching, and the project will help tackle the issue of loneliness and isolation, as well as providing locally grown fresh food.

Bethan Jones, Business Development Officer for United Welsh comments:

United Welsh is delighted to be part of Growing Together. We know keeping active and connected is important for personal wellbeing and for building happy, resilient communities. We’re really pleased to invite local schools into our schemes so we can work and learn together.

Emma Wootten, Development Co-ordinator for Age Connects Torfaen comments:

This project is a great way of enabling inactive older people to get some exercise and stimulate the memories of those struggling with dementia. As gardening is fairly low impact, it’s a good choice for many older people who are looking to stay active too. Gardening can improve a person’s mobility and flexibility, and increase strength and endurance, which can help to maintain motor skills.

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