Dammy and Mohan’s story

“It’s made us want to be outside and socialise more"

Dammy and her husband Mohan are two of the residents who have flourished from having a new greenhouse installed at their retirement living scheme in Dudley, run by Nehemiah Housing Association.
Scheme manager Caroline worked with the local council to secure lottery funding for the new greenhouse at Henry Court.

It has helped residents grow and harvest a colourful range of produce including herbs, onions, pumpkins, sweetcorn and strawberries. These are shared around and also used in meals in the communal dining room.

“The greenhouse is part of a lovely open communal area for the residents to sit in when the weather is nice, and it’s been great to see so many roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty,” says Caroline.

Those leading the way in the growing stakes include Dammy, under the watchful eye of her disabled husband Mohan. Caroline says, “Dammy is a great cook, and she’s really come out of her shell to grow herbs for her dishes which she encourages other residents to taste. The couple has lived here quietly for many years but the greenhouse, and opportunity to rediscover gardening and learn new skills, has made them happier and more outgoing.”

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