Jersey scheme pairs older people with gardeners

Posted on 08 March 2011

Older people in Jersey are getting help in their gardens from green-fingered volunteers, who in return get a place to grow their vegetables.

The initiative pairs people who are unable to look after their plants with experienced gardeners who want a space to tend, BBC News reports.

Pam Lauren, Jersey's horticultural secretary, said she was inspired to set up the scheme by a phone call.

"I was working on it and then out of the blue this lady rang me and said her husband had passed away," she told the news provider.

"She had this nice back garden that was his pride and joy but she couldn't cope with it."

Ms Laurens was able to match the caller with a man on the allotment list and hopes to provide the service for more people in future.

Recently, BBC News reported that Nottinghamshire County Council has received a grant of £3 million to improve services for elderly people leaving hospital.

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