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medway growsFamilies are being encouraged to take up the good life and take part in free workshops to learn how to grow their own food.

Medway Grows workshops are being run across the area from March to July and will be a fun way for all the family to learn something new – and cut down on household bills by growing their own grub.

Medway Grows is about healthy fresh produce , digging, planting, weeding, watering, landscaping and much more.

The workshops will encourage people of all ages to learn about a wide variety of projects from growing your own food, how to start planting and how best to get going at home.
And there’ll be lots of games and activities for children while mum and dad pick up top tips on how to grow the greens.

Councillor David Brake, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services, said; “These free workshops are a great way to get all the family involved in planting and growing.

“Not only will they teach the basics and give everyone a good idea of how to grow, but also they’ll encourage families to get healthy and, hopefully, save money by growing their own produce.”

Workshops will take place across Medway, at weekends and after school and booking is essential.

The first workshop dates include March 15 and May 28, Medway Park; March 20, Luton Library, Chatham, April 5, Bishop of Rochester Academy; April 8 and May 28, Burnt Oak Primary, Gillingham.

To find out more information visit http://www.abettermedway.co.uk/healthyeating/medwaygrows.aspx” target=”_blank”>our website or call 016344 334309 to book your place.

Action with Communities in Rural Kent, a long established charity has teamed up with British Gas to offer eligible residents in the local area free insulation. This offer is worth up to £1,000 and includes the cost of materials and labour. Over 5 million homes in the UK have inadequate cavity wall insulation and over 7 million have little or no loft insulation! If yours is among them, you could be missing out on hundreds of pounds worth of savings on your energy bills every year. So why not take advantage? Insulation really is the best solution to start saving money on your energy bills. More

With autumn upon us once again, it’s time to think about tidying up the garden and preparing the soil for spring. The traditional picture of autumn gardening is of a smoky bonfire to dispose of fallen leaves, prunings and the last grass cuttings of winter. However, a much more environmentally-friendly approach to dispose of your garden waste is to compost at home.
Under an initiative backed by the local government, most local authorities are offering discounted composters in partnership with www.getcomposting.com. Prices start at £16 plus delivery – less than half the recommended retail price of £39. Some local authorities also have subsidy available to reduce prices even further.
To see what’s available in your local area – including special buy one get on half price offers – call 0844 571 4444 or look online at www.getcomposting.com. Simply enter your postcode to find the best deal for you.

Click HERE to go straight to the page to enter your post code

Following last month’s crisis meeting concerning the drought conditions across the south east of England and today’s announcement of imminent hosepipe bans, the RSPB is urging Kent’s residents to ‘Step up for Nature’ and save water in their homes and gardens. More

Visitors will be offered the chance to start their Christmas shopping at The Wisdom Hospice in November. The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice are holding their annual Christmas Fair at the Hospice in High Bank, Rochester on Saturday 26th November from 10am until 2pm. There will be over 20 stalls selling a wide range of goods including jewellery, handbags, candles, soaps and cakes. The Friends’ range of Christmas cards and goods will also be on sale and there will be plenty of games to try.

Santa will be making time in his busy schedule to visit between 11am and 1pm to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and to hand out gifts. Refreshments will also be available including soup and ploughman’s lunches. Admission is 50p for adults. Children go free.

The Wisdom Hospice is the only adult hospice serving the Medway and Swale area, providing specialist palliative care to patients with life limiting conditions. The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice support this work through an annual grant to Medway Community Healthcare. The grant for the current year is £560,000. In addition the Friends make grants to Crossroads and the Marie Curie Nursing Service to provide extra support to patients and their families in their own homes.

Emma Dengate, Fundraising Co-ordinator for The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice, said “This fair will have something for everyone. This is a great day out for the whole family and you are sure to pick up a Christmas bargain or two!” Further information available from: Emma Dengate – 01634 831163

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