Story:Tim Neal | Photo: Carl Rose
On Tuesday 6th September SAGE Greenfingers held their autumn open day, gathering around sixty people on the plots at Grimesthorpe Allotments.
The amazing work done by the team is known to many in Burngreave and further afield. Many of the project's clients and their families and friends attended, as well as supporters and those interested to learn more. The value of gardening and vegetable growing, particularly for those with mental health issues, is apparent when spending time at the site.
After admiring the season's abundance, we were treated to a series of three songs, composed and performed by Sally Goldsmith. With the Don Valley as our backdrop, the music reinforced the powerful message that everyone’s mental wellbeing is supported by the creation of such an environment.
John Lawson, the project manager, unperturbed by Sally's explanation that “not all allotment holders are men in flat caps”, put his flat cap on and led a tour of the wider allotment site. Diana Tottle, the project director, and other members of the team were on hand to answer questions, introduce people to each other and help cement the relationships that will assist SAGE Greenfingers in negotiating these challenging financial times.
A treasure hunt and vegetable facemaking activity amused some of us while those whose stomachs had been rumbling since the first sight of a bean were treated to excellent vegetarian fare served from the greenhouse and a fine flat bread and chicken barbecue.
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