Creating Growing Spaces for People (and Plants) to Thrive
A wheelchair accessible polytunnel at Edinburgh Council's Inch View Care Home has been unveiled this month. The planning and construction of the tunnel was a joint project between Inch View, Food for Life Scotland, Liberton High School and a team of volunteers.
The tunnel provides an all-weather growing space for the home’s residents, using the therapeutic power of food growing to support better care and quality of life. The tunnel is fully wheelchair accessible, including a turning area and higher-than-normal raised beds and growing shelves. Produce will be grown organically (with a small “o”) and much of it will be used in the home’s kitchen as ingredients for resident’s meals. Scraps will also go to feed the home’s chickens, who lay eggs for the kitchen.
Big thanks go to the volunteers were involved, including the home’s volunteer gardener, residents, their families and several Lloyds Scholars, as well as the Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation who are funding this area of work.
Click here to watch a video featuring edited highlights of the polytunnel build.