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halow wins Guildford in Bloom GOLD Award for Best Allotment

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    halow had an exciting evening at the Guildford in Bloom Awards at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, scooping a wonderful GOLD award in the best allotment category.  

    As part of the halow "Cook and Grow" initiative, our young people have been fully involved with all aspects of managing their allotment from preparing the land to deciding what to grow, planting and nurturing their crops, through to reaping the fruits of their labour with delicious organic produce. They have learned so much this year on the programme, about where food comes from, the importance of healthy eating and growing organic produce.

    Our wonderful Aisha Ariakutti (second from the right), 'A Reason to Get Up'  (Daytime Activities) Coordinator, received the award from Joe Talbot, BBC Radio Sussex presenter of Dig It. Accepting the award on behalf of the young people, Aisha commented, 

    "We are honoured to receive this award, the young people were so delighted and are excited that their hard work has been recognised in this way. We’ve made such progress with Cook & Grow this year, our young people are eating more healthily, learning skills about growing produce and cooking them, and finding a sense of well-being from the outdoor activity and team effort it takes to create such a beautiful allotment. We are also very happy we’ve been able to share the produce with other groups and organisations that need fresh vegetables and fruit.  

    We would like to thank all those involved,  our young people for their hardwork, and to our partners at Birtley House and to Waitrose, who kindly nominated us this year. Huge thanks also to Guildford in Bloom and Guidford Borough Council for a wonderful competition and evening at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre which our young people have thoroughly enjoyed."

    If you or a young person you know would like to know more about how to join this fun and active project every Thursday, please contact aisha.ariakutti@halowproject.org.uk