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We’d like to think we’re offering something unique that will encourage members to grow their own vegetables and reconnect to their relationship with food

STEPHEN AUCOTT & M AT T B R O W N ODYSSEY HEALTH CLUB AND SPA

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ocated just north of London in the Hertfordshire countryside, a 15-year-old independent health club has kickstarted a healthy-eating scheme using an on-site potager project. Odyssey Health Club’s owner, Stephen Aucott, and head chef, Matt Brown, have driven the initiative to integrate homegrown produce into the club’s food offering to offer a different and healthy dining option for their clientele. Aucott and Brown are aiming to use the scheme to incorporate as much fresh produce into the menu as possible.

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How did the idea come about? We already had a strong focus on nutrition in general at the club and had a good relationship with our local organic farm. Plus, both we and our members have had a growing interest in local, organic, fresh food for some years. It was actually a TV programme – called Monty Don’s French Gardens – that provided great inspiration. He explored potager gardens and the culinary opportunities they present. This was the inspiration we needed to get the scheme started. We were already actively working on

the presentation of the club grounds for the past few years, so the step to growing vegetables on-site was a natural progression from this and one we openly welcomed. We currently have a greenhouse, five raised beds and two hot bin composters.” What is grown and why? We’re growing a range of fruit, vegetables and various herbs, including strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, onions, carrots and beetroot. We’ve also got some apple and cherry trees.

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Health Club Management February 2020  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

Health Club Management February 2020  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.