A Bootle health centre has been awarded a level 5 outstanding award at North West in Bloom for its community gardening project.
The May Logan Centre, on Knowsley Road in Bootle, works to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for local people. It is owned and serviced by Liverpool Housing Trust, part of Onward Homes.
Its Roots Gardening Project was started five years ago as a simple and sustainable project that tackles health and wellbeing in a variety of ways.
May Logan’s Living Well Mentors have transformed any available space around the centre, creating fruit and vegetable patches, hanging baskets filled with strawberries and tomatoes, raised beds for vegetables and herbs, and an orchard with apple, pear, cherry and plum trees.
After starting out in planters and on land around the centre, the project has now grown to include two additional allotment spaces and a fruit meadow in North Park, which were visited by North West in Bloom judges as part of their assessment.
The participants are the main drivers of this project with numbers growing steadily over the last five years. In the past year alone more than 25 people have got involved.
As well as showing people how to produce food very cheaply, the growing process has a positive impact on the physical and mental health of participants, encourages healthy eating, and helps to build social skills and confidence.
Debbie Storey, Centre Manager, commented: “All of the volunteers have worked so hard with our team on this project over the past five years, and it is so exciting to have all of their hard work recognised by North West in Bloom. We hope to continue this project for many years to come and get more people from across the community involved.”
The team was presented with the award during a ceremony at the Southport Convention Centre on 2nd November. This is the third year that the project has been entered in North West in Bloom, receiving a level 2 award three years ago and a level 4 last year, before securing level 5 at this year’s awards.