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Case Study: Lenthall Care Home, Market Harborough

20170906_151119Care homes for elderly people often have a reputation for being places where residents sit in high backed chairs with their backs to the wall, staring into space and waiting for the relative excitement of the next meal. At Lenthall Care Home in Market Harborough, manager Doina Matei has very different ideas and has been […]

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Reviving Shelthorpe Community Garden, Loughborough

20170821_105053Shelthorpe is a hidden gem of a community garden, tucked away at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac and surrounded on all sides by 1950s council houses.  The entrance is through a high wooden door that looks like an access to someone else’s garden, down a shady jitty, lined with high board fences, and through […]

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Tammy’s Allotment

Tammy’s AllotmentOne of the great privileges of coordinating a Master Gardeners programme lies in the opportunity to visit some of our supported growers and see at first hand the joy that learning to grow brings them.  Today I am being shown around a plot full of plump cabbages, lush herbs, strawberries and leeks that are beginning […]

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Warwick Flats Sheltered Housing Complex: Getting Back to Growing

Warwick Flats Sheltered Housing Complex: Getting Back to GrowingWarwick Flats is a sheltered housing complex for older people, run by the Nottingham Community Housing Association and located in the large Leicestershire village of Bottesford. It was a familiar site for Master Gardener Joyce Slater before she joined the Leicestershire Master Gardeners, as it was home to her mother-in-law for several years before she […]

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3 Close Tenants, Loughborough: We’re Starting to Bloom Now. So We Are. We’re Starting to Bloom

3 Close Tenants, Loughborough: We’re Starting to Bloom Now. So We Are. We’re Starting to BloomAs I turn the corner into Orwell Close, Loughborough, the community centre, run by the 3 Close Tenants’ Residents’ Association, is a beacon of bright colour and appetising smells. Begonias, geraniums, bacon, and coffee mix in a warm welcome. I am here with a group of representatives from North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston, […]

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