Team of volunteers from Starbucks Coffee Dig New Vegetable Allotments for Veterans

A team of volunteer staff from a host of Starbucks Coffee stores from around the Tyne & Wear region joined forces with Veterans from Forward Assist to dig three new allotment plots for use by Armed Forces Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One of the allotments will now be used to plant potatoes which will be then donated to an organisation in Newcastle upon Tyne  that supports Homeless Veterans.The other two plots will be reserved for use by other deserving community groups. The Starbucks Team managed to remove over 'two ton of turf' from the dormant plots and then turned the soil over so that they were ready for planting. The allotments which are situated within the magnificent grounds of  the National Trust owned 'Seaton Delaval Hall' are part of the community allotments in the Walled Victorian Kitchen Garden. Forward Assist already manage two vegetable plots and wanted a third to be able to grow fresh vegetables for homeless veterans struggling with the transition to civilian life. Tony Wright CEO of Forward Assist said;  "The support our charity has had from Starbucks UK in recent months has been fantastic! They recently helped us facilitate a Veterans Exchange by looking after the accommodation needs of a team of US veterans when they visited the UK in May this year and when they learnt about our other projects they jumped at the chance to do more. The creation of an extra three allotments at Seaton Delaval Hall will benefit not only the veterans we work with but the wider community as every  available piece of land in the Kitchen Gardens is now in use thanks to the fantasic work of the Starbucks Team!" 

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