Harvest BBQ at Fr. Mulvey Park
The now annual Harvest BBQ at Fr. Mulvey Park took place in August last year and was well attended by local residents and tenants from Apex schemes.
Despite the weather (it rained), all those present enjoyed the day and were entertained by local musician Philip Wilson. Barbeque chefs Amanda Pollard and Rosie Doherty from The House in the Wells tended to everyone’s need on the day and were highly complimented.
Produce grown in planters, hanging baskets and gardens as part of the “Getting On Well” project was on display and available during the event.
Working in partnership
Apex, in partnership with the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum worked together to provide people within the Triax area who may have become isolated within their own communities a “Garden in a Box”. The wooden boxes were provided by Apex and facilitators for the project were provided by the Health Forum.
Since the project started we have created over 50 Gardens in a Box for older people living in the area. One of the provisos was that the boxes had to include both flowers and vegetables. The reason for was to encourage health and nutritious eating amongst those taking part. The facilitators encouraged the people who received a garden box to grow and then enjoy the vegetables and some of those have gone on to grow all kinds of vegetables and herbs.
The project has already started again for the next season and despite having a waiting list we would like to hear from others who would be interested in taking part.
It’s the small things which make a difference to the people of our communities and if by putting a small garden box into their home makes a difference then we know that the project has been successful.”