As part of Nigel’s commitment to food education, sustainability and the eradication of food poverty, the Partnership is working to develop Care Farming, Social Farms and community gardens.
He explains: “The community gardens give us a chance to get our hands dirty, make new friends and enjoy the communion of a meal that we’ve grown together. It’s both physically and mentally restorative. This is our main focus for the long-term – we want many more people to be actively involved in them, and to reap the benefits.”
Looking after yourself in retirement
Given Nigel’s passion for food, naturally his advice for anyone approaching retirement is to focus on their health and diet. Aside from looking after yourself physically, it’s important to look after your mental health too: “Retirement isn’t always a joyous journey. When my brother retired, he lived for his job, and without it he had no identity. He was lost, and sadly took his own life. I’ve known many others in similar situations, unable to think of anything to do in retirement. Somehow they just ebb away. When it was my turn, maybe in deference to my brother, I resolved to have a retirement that would make a difference.”