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Grow your own for heart health

Alderman May Beattie, chair of Carrickfergus Borough Councils Parks and Countryside Sub-committee); Alison Diver, Natural Communities; Ann Doherty and Emma Newell; Hearty Lives Carrickfergus Team; Maureen Hanby,  Larne Lough Nurseries and members of the Hearty Lives Carrickfergus new mums' group. INCT 27-650-CON

Alderman May Beattie, chair of Carrickfergus Borough Councils Parks and Countryside Sub-committee); Alison Diver, Natural Communities; Ann Doherty and Emma Newell; Hearty Lives Carrickfergus Team; Maureen Hanby, Larne Lough Nurseries and members of the Hearty Lives Carrickfergus new mums' group. INCT 27-650-CON

Hearty Lives Carrickfergus has teamed up with the Borough Council’s parks section and Larne Lough Nurseries to promote heart health.

The initiative focused on the positive impact of home grown vegetables.

Local women were treated to an interactive demonstration by Maureen Hanby, from Larne Lough Nurseries recently.

Lisa Black, a member of the Hearty Lives Carrickfergus new mums’ group said: “I love gardening but I didn’t know how beneficial growing my own fruit and vegetableswould be both in terms of my family’s health as well as our budget.

“It’s also a great way for me to get out and get some exercise.”

Alderman May Beattie, chair of the Council’s Parks and Countryside Sub-committee said: “The

demonstration was a great way to highlight to local people the health and wealth benefits of growing vegetables at home.

“When we started, participants admitted that although they had a keen interest in growing their own, they did not know where to begin. And this was a great way of bringing along plants and herbs for the group to taste as well as gaining a few more handy hints on potting plants such as spearmint, rocket, radish, carrots and much more.

“It was a very educational day and everyone went away enthused by the demonstration.”

Hearty Lives Carrickfergus has high hopes that this will be the start of a long line of home growers and this type of project will help provide information and tips on how to better look after their hearts.

For more information on Hearty Lives contact the Hearty Lives Team on 028 9335 8000 or email heartylives@carrickfergus.org

 

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