The Nepalese communities are keen gardeners who are ex Gurkhas and their families. Living in two local towns in Berkshire they traditionally do not integrate widely in daily life and lived in West or East Nepal. They are just one of 13 groups managing their own group growing plots at JHCL.
Cultivation of the group growing plot has huge social, health and wellbeing benefits, alongside harvesting great quality and quantity of produce which is shared equally amongst the families. This project has massively increased community cohesion and engagement which is set to continue into the future with older people and young people from all backgrounds getting involved in gardening together.
‘Strongest Voices relies on local funding to continue enabling the local Nepalese communities to travel to Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare, which is integral to continue the horticultural and community integration work which has been so far achieved. The visits mean a great deal to the families, as well as their involvement and new relationships formed at the Landshare’ Stuart Heaton, Strongest Voices (Nepalese Community Group) Group Coordinator