Dance teacher transformed allotment to help disabled

Dance teacher, Shirin Ford (bottom right), transformed allotment to help disabled

Dance teacher, Shirin Ford (bottom right), transformed allotment to help disabled

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A dance teacher transformed her allotment in the name of teaching people who are disabled.

Shirin Ford, of Enfield Lock, gave the plot she has tended for four years a makeover as she prepared to welcome people with disabilities onto the land.

A dance teacher to the disabled, Ms Ford was keen to give more back to the community and help more people learn about growing fruit and vegetables and keeping animals.

Three years since she first had the idea, the allotment in Newbury Avenue, Enfield Lock, is almost ready for its grand opening.

Speaking with the Enfield Independent, Ms Ford spoke of the importance of helping disabled people.

She said: “There is quite a bit of angst towards disabled people round here and we want to make them feel comfortable in their surroundings and be able to learn about planting and animals.”

The allotment has room for planting and has chickens and ducks to give an all round experience.

The project has received backing from Enfield Council and local business Barclay Bros has helped clear the grounds in time for the opening next month.

Ms Ford added: “It has been fantastic to see the council and Barclay Bros get behind this because it is a non profit and non funded project and has taken a long time to get help.

“Everyone is really behind helping people with disabilities learn and develop and human beings, this is very unique and we hope it can grow and grown.

"I wanted to give something back and this can hopefully thrive for a long time."

Aiming high, the dance teacher is hoping to open the allotment everyday for people with disabilities and is also hoping to gain more funding.

She said: “We really hope people can be as generous as possible and help fund this amazing project so that people with disabilities can get out and learn about nature.”

Pepita Wood of Barlcay Bros said: “Our company was set up in Enfield in 1986 and we have always tried to give more and more back to the local community and this is a fantastic project which does exactly that.

“We want to work with the council and allow us to take on more people to help with projects such as this.”

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