Turnips take off in Binley Woods

Cllr Srivastava, Mark Pawsey MP, Zoe and Andy Turner Shepherd, Melodee and Mac
Cllr Srivastava, Mark Pawsey MP, Zoe and Andy Turner Shepherd, Melodee and Mac

Turnips flew in Binley Woods when Rugby Mayor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava and MP Mark Pawsey officially opened Binley Woods’ first greengrocery and wholefood shop.

Named Turnips, it is owned by Zoe and Andy Turner Shepherd.

Zoe, a vegetarian and former teacher, said: “I wanted to make some lifestyle changes and saw an opportunity for greengrocers.”

Zoe is enthusiastic about healthy eating and decided wholefoods could be added including pasta, organic dairy produce and home-made soups, jams and cakes.

Healthy eating is part of the Turner Shepherd lifestyle, with son Mac, eight, helping tend the allotment at Binley Woods Primary School.

Parish council chairman Paul Salisbury thanked the residents who had attended the opening, saying: “It’s nice when so many people turn out to witness the opening of a new shop here.”

MP Mark Pawsey said: “I wish Zoe and Andy all the best. It is brilliant that such a groundswell of residents have turned up in support. I was born in the village and lived 17 years here and know residents will support worthwhile projects.”

Zoe added: “Many friends and residents gave their time to help with preparation for opening. Thank you.”

Cllr Srivastava and Mr Pawsey are pictured with Zoe and Andy Turner Shepherd and children Melodee and Mac.