Aware of the problems of division both between and within students and local residents in Coventry, the 2016-17 ParliaMentors team have sought to address the issue through a unique solution: a community allotment. The team have created a new set of community allotments, bringing people together who wouldn’t ordinarily meet and simultaneously supporting people to get more physical exercise and eat healthier fresher foods.
After a lot of work behind the scenes, with long hours put in by many volunteers, the Breaking Barriers Growing Green allotment was ready to launch for the public on 25th March. Special guests joined diverse students and residents, and many expressed their desire to support the project long into the future. With the support of partner Enactus Coventry, the allotment continue to run, with plans to run employability workshops at the site as well.
As ParliaMentor Khadija Ghias reflected on the day, “Our project to unite people with the tool of gardening has taught me to celebrate diversity of all ages, colours and mindsets, in order to truly enjoy the ‘fruits’ this world has to offer us!”
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