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Why Reg Massey is cream of the crop
A GARDENER has reaped the rewards of an outstanding summer season.
Reg Massey is surrounded by a bumper harvest at Ashtons Green Community Allotments and he’s happy to have helped put smiles on faces and fresh food on plates around Parr.
For his efforts Reg received two awards from the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Ian Meadows, at Helena Homes’ annual Making A Difference Awards ceremony at Langtree Park, which was sponsored by Keepmoat, DLP, Saints and Starfish.
At the allotments Reg is one of the volunteers who help provide nourishment and education to young and old by teaching them how to work with nature and grow their own food.
The 71-year-old said: “I’ve had a stroke but you’ve got to get on with life.
“We’ve run a summer school for four to 14 year-olds who have planted cabbage, beans and peas and they have learned a lot.
“Many didn’t know where potatoes come from, they thought veg came out of the back room at a supermarket.”
The former landscaper, park keeper and market gardener has also taught the art of growing to young offenders.
“They love it,” said Reg.
“At the summer club for youngsters they all mucked in and we hired a bouncy castle for them at the end as a reward.”
Others who received awards were: Gina Bridge and Margaret Foster for their outstanding voluntary work at Trapwood Community Centre; Elizabeth Brown for her involvement with MATCH (Men and their Children) at Thatto Heath Children’s Centre; John Crosby for his involvement with the Trees Estate Community Group and also the group who come under the Welfare Reform Community Volunteers banner to support fellow residents.
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