Charity gets £100,000 to help families grow fruit and veg

This seems like a great idea.

The article was just posted in the Northern Echo:

A CHARITY has been given almost £100,000 to help disadvantaged families learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists) was given the grant to help it deliver four Growing Together clubs around County Durham.

Clare Garnham, OASES co-ordinator said: “We’re really pleased to have been awarded with funding to continue our work with children and their families.

“With this we’ll be able to encourage more families to grow their own produce and put more vegetables onto the plates of children and young people across County Durham.”

It seems nowadays, that too few people know where their fruits and vegetables come from.  They also don’t know what it takes to grow edible delicious food.

We are so fortunate to have such an abundance of fruit and vegetables all around us. Yet it seems that people can’t see the fruit for the trees.

I hear so many complaints about the quality of fruit in the UK or in supermarkets.  Some people even say they find it hard to get fruit in the UK.

I have no idea what country they are living in, because for me we have fruit available 24/7.  Of course you need to learn how to pick the good stuff but that doesn’t take long to learn.

Planting fruit trees can teach you a lot about life….


You need to find good soil with exposure to sunlight so that the tree has a chance to flourish and grow

You need to have good seed or a good root stock.

You need to give it plenty of time to grow.

You have to allow the time for it to create a good strong foundation.

Gradually the tree will grow and get stronger and slowly it will start to produce fruit.

Eventually, there will be too much fruit for you to handle!

There are two great quotes about fruit trees that I love….

The first is:

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is today!”

The other is:

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Stay fruity and plant some trees!