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Gurkhas mark arrival in Harrow by taking over allotment
Apr 19 2012 by Ian Proctor,
ARMED Forces veterans from Nepal have marked their arrival in Harrow by taking over a popular allotment plot to keep themselves fit and healthy.
Gurkha soldiers, the legendary unit of fighters within the British Army, and relatives who are newly settled in the borough are tending to food grown at the site within Roxeth Recreation Ground off Wood End Avenue, South Harrow, in order to keep their mind, and bodies, active.
Motilal Thapa, leader of the Gurkha community in Harrow, said: “The people involved in the Tarkari Bari are enjoying themselves.
“It has become a meeting place of old time friends who have never met until after they retired from the Army.
“We are also enjoying meeting with the multicultural community involved in the Roxeth allotment.
“Children have started visiting the allotment and we hope more will join in this Tarkari Bari [Nepalese for vegetable garden] project after another plot is secured.
“We all thank Navin Shah and Harrow Council and the staff for their wonderful support.”
Harrow councillor Navin Shah, who seeks re-election as Labour London Assembly member for Brent and Harrow, said: “I am really pleased to see that the Gurkha community have a space in Harrow where they can meet and work towards growing something together.
“I am really pleased to have been able to help the Gurkhas – one of the newest communities settling in Harrow – and help them in securing the allotment plot in South Harrow. This has enabled the Gurkha community to meet and work together for growing vegetables. The allotments will also serve as a social focus.”
Mr Shah said the allotment site is so popular that he has been asked to secure another plot for them.
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