Green-fingered Torbay residents are set to grow their own thanks to a seed swap day at Coleridge Court – a Sanctuary Housing independent living scheme.
Some 30 people turned out in force to celebrate the arrival of spring by sharing seeds, socialising and exchanging ideas and tips on vegetable growing.
The swap shop was held as part of The Herald Express’ loveLIFE campaign, a Torbay and South Devon initiative.
The campaign is designed to encourage and inspire people to take responsibility for their health and change their lives for the better.
With planting season afoot, residents from eight Sanctuary-managed schemes sought out their favourite vegetable seeds in the hopes of soon having their very own crops. Thanks to the event, there will soon be crops of veg, including carrots, parsnips and potatoes, popping up all over Torbay.
Leading the way for the loveLIFE campaign, the residents are all part of the Riviera Growing Communities project. Led by BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) and Sanctuary, the project allows residents to grow their own fresh fruit and veg at allotments and spaces set up at eight local schemes.
Richard Keeley, Sanctuary’s regional director, added: “The seed swap was an overwhelming success; it was great to see so many of our residents coming to trade seeds and gardening tips.
“The event was a great way to kick start the loveLIFE campaign and our commitment to improving the health of Torbay residents.”
The 12-month loveLIFE campaign will challenge the people of Torbay and South Devon to quit one million cigarettes; run, walk, swim or cycle one million miles; lose 100,000lbs in weight; and to dance a million steps.