Budding gardener and his son link up with Central England Co-op to offer up some growing tips during the Coronavirus lockdown

Central England Co-op has teamed up with a budding gardener and his son from Burntwood to offer up some green-fingered growing tips for people at home due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

The retailer today launches a specially created online tutorial with Mike Ankers and his son Tommy as part of a new campaign called Take 5 in the Community.

The video campaign is all about giving Members and local businesses a platform to share their expertise and help their communities during this uncertain time.

Mike has offered up some tips on how to grow five things easily in the garden while isolating at home.

In the videos he showcases how easy it is to grow garlic, onions, peas, parsley and lettuce.

He said: “As so many people are at home at the moment and the weather has been good, I thought it would be great to offer up a few top tips of simple things you can grow in the garden.

“Hopefully it will allow people to have a few extras to boost their cooking but also provide a welcome distraction for those with children who need a helping hand to help pass a few minutes.”

People can view Mike’s top tips film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUFVyk41nWc&feature=youtu.be

People can keep up to date with the other ways Central England Co-op is responding to the Coronavirus by visiting www.centralengland.coop/updates


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Picture caption: Mike Ankers and Tommy.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.


We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.


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