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The Duchess of Cornwall visits gardening project

Posted on 07 February 2019

Today, HRH Duchess of Cornwall visited one of the Lambeth GP Food Co-op groups - a gardening project funded by Hyde - located at the Stockwell Gardens estate. 

The Lambeth Food Co-op is a community led health cooperative of patients, doctors and local residents who have come together to grow food in an outdoor space. This project is funded through the Solutions for an Ageing Society (SAS) programme, which aims to support social entrepreneurs bring to life sustainable ideas that help older people to live positive independent lives. The SAS programme has been developed by Hyde in partnership with UnLtd.

Participants include Hyde residents who have been referred by their GPs. One of the aims of the project is to engage with patients who have long-term health conditions in productive activity. One of the members said: “I heartily recommend joining the group whether it’s for the pleasure of growing your own fresh produce, for taking up an active hobby, or simply to combat social isolation.” 

Elaine Bailey, Group Chief Executive of Hyde, was among guests who greeted HRH Duchess of Cornwall. She said: “We are proud to be involved in this project, working collaboratively with GP surgeries, patients and local residents. It brings older people in our Stockwell community together to enhance their wellbeing through growing fruit and vegetables in an innovative urban garden. The Lambeth Food Coop encourages users to be more active, gives them purpose and prevents social isolation, all of which are hugely important in our ageing society.”

Sessions take place weekly and the produce grown is either sold at Kings College Hospital to raise funds to sustain the project, or distributed amongst the gardeners so it can be used in their home cooking.