‘Garden of Generations’ planted in Surrey Park by senior / young volunteers – Cloverdale Reporter
Elderly volunteers and young people worked together to plant a new garden in a Surrey park on Earth Day and the following day.
The launch of “The Garden of Generations” at Newton’s Unwin Park involved COVID-19 protocols last Thursday and Friday (April 22-23), according to a press release posted on surrey.ca.
Volunteers wearing masks planted vegetable plants in the community garden, which will be collected for a local donation in Surrey to support vulnerable youth and seniors.
Made of wood in tiered boxes, the garden will feature leaf lettuce, loose lettuce, chives, green onions, snow peas, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, radishes and coriander, and passers-by will be invited to taste some of the cultures.
In preparation for planting, Surrey Parks staff held online workshops where volunteers shared tips on growing seedlings and regularly tapped into plant progress and garden plans, the press release says. .
The garden is part of the Connecting Generations project launched in partnership with the Surrey Intercultural Seniors Social Inclusion Partnership Network (SISSIPN) and funded in part by the federal government grant New Horizons.
Connecting Generations aims to provide seniors and youth “with positive, safe and inclusive community engagement opportunities that strengthen bonds and support community.”
The City’s Seniors-Friendly Seniors Strategy (surrey.ca/agefriendly) is a framework that aims to ensure that seniors and families are supported through advocacy, policies, partnerships and delivery. service, says project manager Sahra-Lea Tosdevine-Tataryn.
“The opportunity to bring young people and elders together through projects such as the Garden of Generations can help create diverse life experiences and recognize the value of all individuals and their contribution to building a healthy community. and active, ”said Tosdevine-Tataryn.