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Green fingers at work in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences

May 10, 2017

Sow and Grow event
Sow and Grow event

Mary Seacole Building saw colleagues, schoolchildren and partners from the business community get together at the end of April to work in the Users and Carers’ edible garden, opened in 2013 by the then Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall.

The recent ‘Sow and Grow’ event was organised by colleagues from the School in conjunction with Bec Bennett from our Environment and Sustainability team, the Users and Carers’ Group and Incredible Edible Education.

More than 20 year 12 and 13 students from Oakwood Academy in Irlams o’ th’ Height took part planting vegetables and flowers in specially-designed boxes. It’s part of the practical experience they need studying for their Open Awards Entry Level 2 in Horticulture which also sees them working on local allotments.

Senior Lecturers, Dr Julie Wray and Dr Michelle Howarth said: “It was a great opportunity for the young people to work alongside older volunteers and Incredible Edible Education. As well as getting the young people learning about planting, the event enabled us to promote person-centred, carer support and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The garden is also an important visual recognition of our gratitude to the Users and Carers’ Group and acknowledgement of the pivotal contribution they make by sharing their real-life experiences with our new students."

As well as learning new skills, Sow and Grow gave the young people a chance to feel part of their local University, with many saying they would definitely consider continuing their education once they leave the Academy.