‘GROWING their own’ will be a wish come true for the residents of Rosedale in Shipston this year – thanks to the green-fingers of the Stour Valley Lions.

Rosedale is a supported living development run by Heart of England Mencap for local people with learning disabilities.

Since 2014, Rosedale’s residents have been working towards creating an area at their home where they would be able to grow their own vegetables and shrubs. Over Christmas their ambitions were finally realised when the Stour Valley Lions dug in to help, donating their funds and their time to help create raised beds and a special herb path.


The project was jointly funded by the Stour Valley Lions and Heart of England Mencap – with the Lions kindly donating £850 as well as a team of green-fingered volunteers.


Julia Furniss, Rosedale’s Manager, said: “We owe a big thank you to the Stour Valley Lions and to the garden builder Martin Goodman for all of their help in making the project possible. Our residents can’t wait to get stuck in growing their own.”


Showing Lions David Freer, Pauline Morley and Lion President David Squires, with Rosedale’s Service Manager Julia Furniss and residents Janet Hale, Malcolm Smith, Kevin Ward and Richard Knight.

(Photo courtesy of Lion Graham Williamson.)


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