MILITARY veterans are digging once again in the hope of victory that can help map out people’s futures.
And their efforts will be documented in a new book.
Those who use the allotment at Denton’s Rose Hill can now grow their own produce and be shown how to turn it into meals as part of Tameside’s Dig For The Future.
The new partnership between Tameside Council, the Veterans Food Co and Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) is aimed to show people how it is possible to take something from seed to plate.
Results will later be published in a book after funding was secured from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Force for Change programme.
TASC transformed the allotment, which lies off Windmill Lane, by constructing a summer house, building raised beds, installing a fruit cage and polytunnel, and planting various crops and fruit trees before its grand opening on October 8.
Several veterans turned up for the unveiling, along with Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Janet Cooper, and leader of Tameside Council, Cllr Brenda Warrington.
After then, there was a short meeting, at which lots of exciting plans for the future were discussed.
Any veteran who wants to get involved or just meet up for a cup of tea and a chat is welcome at a space described as ‘a special space to relax away from the outside world.’
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for the Armed Forces Covenant, said: “I’m very pleased to see the council, TASC and the Veterans Food Co coming together to share their combined knowledge to support the armed forces community in Tameside.
“The allotment is a great idea in its own right but it’s an idea made even better by showing how all the fresh fruit and vegetables can be turned into delicious meals.
“From what I know of veterans they’ll have some interesting recipes of their own. I look forward to seeing the book when it’s published.”
Chef Noel Goulding from the Veterans Food Co added: “This is a perfect response to the difficulties faced by many over the last year. The benefit of this project to the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and their families in the area should not be underestimated.”