Marple Allotment Association, based in Stockport, provide a space for people to enjoy gardening together while sharing and learning new skills, and improving health and wellbeing.

Wanting to make their sites more disability-friendly, they installed raised planting beds, hand rails and decent paving, meaning more people can access the sites. The group also ran 10 workshops that allowed their members to share their skills and knowledge with others in the local area, especially older people who can be isolated due to poor health.

The group said: “Many (older people) were keen gardeners, but advancing years has reduced their ability to manage a large garden. With some support from the Association, they can begin to grow small-scale crops on patios and balconies, in items ranging from old dressing tables to toilet pans. They can then use the produce to create simple tasty and nourishing meals themselves, giving them back some independence.

“Guerrilla gardening has awakened an interest in growing edibles in small and unused spaces, and the Association wants to show people how simple items can be recycled into growing pots/planters and nourishing meals can be created from fresh home-grown vegetables.”

Marple Allotment Association have made a great impact to the local area and show that using local skills, gifts and talents can have a big impact.