2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. In the first of our Relative Values feature series, JOANNE SAVAGE meets an aunt and nephew whose passion for gardening has helped them bridge the age gap
HILARY Wallace, 67, is a retired civil servant who lives with her husband Ray in Newtownards. Hilary’s nephew Michael Kerr , 39, a photographer, helped her create a vegetable allotment in her back garden. Growing their own fruit and veg and then making chutneys and jams – they’re quite competitive about who makes the best conserves - has become an important shared pastime.
“We’ve grown everything you could think of - potatoes, courgettes, peppers, tomatoes, onions, beetroot, broccoli, courgettes, chillies, peas, beans, red cabbages, Brussels sprouts - anything and everything,” says Michael. And there’s a bounty of fruit in there too: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries and a recently added cherry tree.