5 WAYS’ Grow Together gardeners are now watching over trees planted in memory of Kevin Collinson.
Relatives of Kevin used the money raised at his funeral to plant two trees at an allotment run by Grow Together. Kevin died last September, after years of battling alcohol misuse.
Claire Doble, Co-Facilitator of the group, said: “We spent a very special winter afternoon on our 5Ways ‘Lost Plot’ allotment space with the gardening group and Kevin’s family planting two little fruit trees”
“We’re watching the leaf and flower buds develop bit by bit and then finally burst into green leaf and cheering white blossom.”
Kevin’s former partner Michelle O’Neill said: ”We wanted to do this because Forward Leeds were so good to Kevin. When he couldn’t physically get in for his appointments his worker would come to see him”.
Helen Falkiner of Forward Leeds, who was Kevin’s worker, added: “Kevin often talked with me about one of his goals being to join this group when he got better.”
As well as the two fruit trees in the garden in Woodhouse Moor, there is also a brass memorial plaque celebrating Kevin’s life.
The Grow Together gardening group is run from the Forward Leeds recovery hub “5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy”. The Grow Together group is run jointly between 5 WAYS and Hyde Park Source a local environmental charity.
Their allotment, named, ‘The Lost Plot’ is in the Hyde Park area of Leeds and is part of the Outdoors, Active & Well joint partnership project that enables people to improve their mental health and wellbeing through environmental and green activities.