Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

In Parliament last week it was great to meet a group of students and staff from Lancaster University Students’ Union who are have been awarded a Student Green Fund grant for their Edible Campus project.

This £140,000 project aims to scale up student and staff participation in existing sustainable food projects at Lancaster University with initiatives such as Pick-Your-Own fruit, herb gardens and native fruit tree orchards all on campus.

I was even assured that cookery demonstrations were part of this on- going project to bring some variety to the average student diet.

Locally, I got along to see Killing Roger at the Dukes which I thoroughly enjoyed.

This thought provoking play was extremely well acted and was a fitting end to a series of ‘Dying Matters’ events.

There was a very interesting discussion afterwards with the actors chaired by Gary Rycroft mainly around the nature of this totally involving drama.

At the very least, I hope the week has raised the issue for all of us, to have some kind of preparation in place now, whatever our age, in order to help those we leave behind.

While in Lancaster I also met with Paul Lees, the chief executive of Adactus Housing, at their new development on Langdale Road.

Adactus is Lancaster City Council’s major housing association development partner and this new Government-backed scheme will see a further 53 homes for rent here in our city on this brownfield site which used to be the county’s day care centre and residential home.

Hopefully a development that will help fill another gap in the housing market.

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help.

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