New polytunnel is set to bear fruit for staff, volunteers and families

New polytunnel is set to bear fruit for staff, volunteers and families

Eco-friendly staff at a leading children’s charity plan to start growing delicious fruit and vegetables for their hospice kitchen.

A new polytunnel has been put up at The Treehouse, in Ipswich, which is run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

It will be used by staff and there are already plans to start a gardening club.

Facilities Site Manager Lisa Payne said: “The polytunnel is a very welcome addition to our beautiful hospice grounds.

“It will allow us to grow our own fruit and vegetables and we hope to use some of the produce for seasonal meals.

“Hopefully it will also help service users interact with nature and plants.”

Meanwhile, EACH staff have the chance to do their bit for the environment by using designated battery recycling points at the organisation’s three hospices – The Treehouse, The Nook, near Norwich, and at Milton, near Cambridge.

EACH Facilities Administrator Polly Fellows, said: “Old batteries in landfill are a real problem because, as they corrode, their chemicals soak into the soil and contaminate groundwater and surface water.

“To try and do our bit, we now have a new battery recycling point at each of our three hospices, for staff to dispose of their home and work batteries safely.”

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