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LOCAL care home Blenheim House has joined forces with the Melksham Hub Café at the train station to launch a ‘free farm shop’ offering a selection of home grown vegetables.
Vegetables grown by residents at the care home, located on Bath Road, in their community allotments are donated to the café, which are then available to the public to pick up as they return home on the train or pass through for a coffee.
Customers are asked to make a small donation in return for their produce. Money raised from the sale of the vegetables helps support the community café with its operational costs.
Blenheim House’s lifestyle and community lead, Chris Guest, said, “We started the community allotment in anticipation of restrictions easing over time, it’s been wonderful to see our residents growing the vegetables, tending to the allotment and having a great time rediscovering their love for gardening again!
“Assisted by our award-winning activities team, our gardening club has grown an abundance of vegetables, from pumpkins, onions, rhubarb and more.
“We are so pleased to link with the Melksham Hub and forge links for the future. Already we have been discussing lots of great trips out for our residents which include stop-offs at the café.
“Going forward, we will also be inviting local schools to join in on our gardening projects and welcoming families back to our home to see the amazing produce out residents have created!
“We’d like to thank Sian, the manager at the Melksham Hub for her enthusiasm as we launched this project, we really recommend the Hub for all of our relatives who are passing through Melksham!”
If you are interested in volunteering with Blenheim’s activities team and helping with their community allotment, please email the home’s lifestyle and community lead, Chris Guest: firstname.lastname@example.org