Chelsea Newsletter

September 2015

Harvest of veg at Gardening Leave Chelsea

As autumn is fast approaching and the mornings decidedly colder than they were a few weeks ago it is a good time to reflect on what a great summer we have had.

Jade joined us in the spring in the role of community psychiatric nurse and has been helping us assess our veterans and continues to build referral relationships within the London veteran community.

With a generous donations of seeds from Franchi this year,  we have had a bumper harvest of produce including tomatoes which we continue to crop, runner beans, courgettes and lettuce amongst others that we cook and eat ourselves and then donate the surplus to the Royal Hospital Chelsea kitchens.

Mayor planting red cabbage for Xmas lunch with veterans Jason and Danny

We continue to plant up and maintain the garden areas at the Union Jack Club including planting up their hanging baskets here in Chelsea, which were then taken to the UJC and have since bloomed and are in pride of place on their front steps.

On a sunny morning in August Boris Johnson came to visit our Chelsea garden and spend time with our veterans and even helped us harvest some vegetables and plant some cabbages.

Zisky, our assistant horticultural therapist sadly left us here in London in July to go and head up our new Gardening Leave site in Dundee, Scotland. We wish her all the best and look forward to reading Dundee’s newsletters!

Anneka in the garden

A huge welcome to Anneka, our new assistant horticultural therapist and previous volunteer, who started with us here in Chelsea two weeks ago. She is already an integral member of our team and we’re sure her previous experience in garden design and maintenance and horticultural therapy knowledge will be used to the full!

We had a new volunteer Anna start with us who helps us every Tuesday, with a background in occupational therapy and gardening and her fabulous cooking skills we will never want to let her go!

It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to Gardening Leave in London at the end of the month having recently relocated to West Sussex, a huge thank you as always to all our supporters, donators, volunteers and of course veterans who I will miss.

Ed and Anneka

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