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28/05/2021

From Muddy Boots to Green Fingers

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has provided Salad Starter kits to local groups thanks to funding from the Northern Healthy Lifestyle partnership. 

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is supporting residents to develop their own home growing journey. Thanks to funding from the Northern Healthy Lifestyle Partnership, the Council purchased over one hundred ‘Grow Your Own Salad Starter Kits’ which contain compost, flower and vegetable seeds and growing trays.
 
The kits have been distributed to the Men’s Shed, She Shack and The Shed which operate throughout the Borough, bringing people together to build community while developing skills such as gardening.
 
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery said;

“Gardening can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health. It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, it gives you a sense of achievement and it helps you feel more connected to nature.”

 
The Mayor continued;

“These kits are a great tool for taking the first step to growing your own produce. If you are interested in starting your own home growing journey, why not sign up to ‘Muddy Boots’ – our free online programme which teaches people of all ages how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.”

 
To register for Muddy Boots visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/muddyboots