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Sue's story

After moving into sheltered housing, Sue, 69, missed having a garden. Volunteering at The Green Patch, Kettering has helped to get her gardening mojo back. 

"I’ve always had an interest in gardening. My mom was a florist so I picked up interest in plants as a child. I didn’t really get serious about it until I bought my first home – that’s when my interest peaked.

"I live in sheltered housing and I don’t have a garden anymore. I have various plants in pots but I missed having a garden so having the three small plots at the Green Patch to look after really suits me.

"I come along once or twice a week so I can keep it under control and it’s enough to keep the weeds down. At the moment I’m growing lettuces, carrots, leeks, strawberries, and a whole range of flowers and herbs.

Sue the Green patch

"I try and plant something every time I come so I can see what’s grown the following week. They are like my children now! I like to check that they have grown a little bit and see if they are healthy. And if not, I prop them up with canes and coax them by giving them a talking to! It’s very inspiring – in two to three weeks you can make something special.

"To anyone thinking of getting involved with a community garden, I would say go for it! You can get some simple vegetable growing books cheaply in charity shops as everyone is throwing them out because it’s all online now. The books are my inspiration. I look at the illustrations and think - I can do this!

"It’s great to get out in the fresh air. I always bring my lunch with me and sit under the tree on the little bench.  Volunteering allows me to get exercise and you don’t realise how much until you go home and you’re aching – but you feel a lot better for it.

"I’m 70 next year and I’m not looking to give up gardening yet!"

To find out more about The Green Patch, please click here or watch the film below.