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Sowing the seeds at north Kent care homes

PUBLISHED: 13:39 19 April 2011 | UPDATED: 14:50 19 April 2011

Bupa resident Leslie Chapman, 82, enjoys sowing and growing with the help of xl programme executive for The Prince's Trust, Helen Thurston and Bupa's community affairs assistant Caroline Davy

Bupa resident Leslie Chapman, 82, enjoys sowing and growing with the help of xl programme executive for The Prince's Trust, Helen Thurston and Bupa's community affairs assistant Caroline Davy

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Care home residents had their watering cans at the ready as they took part in a "grow their own" gardening initiative today.

In conjunction with youngsters at a programme run by The Prince's Trust, residents at Bupa homes in north Kent marked the Community Crops event at Broad Oak Manor Nursing Home, Dartford.

The project, which aims to promote the health benefits associated with gardening and growing your own fruit and veg, saw church members visit on the day,

Home manager Deborah Lane said: “This is a great way for our residents to appreciate the fresh air, stay active and get a real sense of achievement by tending to the crops and watching them grow.”

The campaign has taken root in gardens and greenhouses in more than 300 care homes across the UK.

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