[W]ater company United Utilities has teamed up with Kendal-based organisation Horticare to help people and plants grow together.
Horticare, part of Cumbria County Council’s Cumbria Care programme, offers therapeutic horticulture activities for people with learning difficulties. Activities include growing seeds, composting, lawn care and landscape maintenance.
Horticare’s site, based at Wattsfield Road on the outskirts of Kendal, backs onto United Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant.
Volunteers from the water company recently teamed up with Horticare to spruce up Kendal’s Peace Garden, as well as clearing a disused and overgrown area on the Horticare site, for future use.
Matt Parr from United Utilities said: “Horticare is our nearest neighbour here at Kendal Wastewater Treatment Works, so it has been very rewarding to take time out to work with service users and help improve facilities.”
Diane Winder, acting supervisor at Horticare said: “We’re very, very grateful for the help United Utilities has given us. They’ve got in a forestry team to crown some beech trees, giving us more light in our greenhouse. The company has also helped us spruce up an area of ground we used to call ‘the black hole of Horticare’ to make it more user friendly.”