The Kitchen Garden project provides a community allotment to local people in order to help them get outdoors.
Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can lead to a range of benefits, including increased energy, happiness, health and even a longer life.
Exercise and diet are vital in determining a person’s overall health – making them both part of your lifestyle can make a dramatic difference to how you look and feel.
We are excited to announce that the Kitchen Garden is now run by Greenscape as part of project BLOOM. You can visit their facebook here.
Greenscape is an award winning Social Enterprise in Tameside, working to improve health, wellbeing, and environments in local communities.
As a Social Enterprise, Greenscape donates its surplus income to support the charitable work of its parent organisation St Peter’s Partnerships, improving life chances for disadvantaged children and adults.
Greenscape would like to introduce ‘BLOOM’ an ecotherapy project for adults with a learning disability and/or mental health needs. Please pop in and see what we’re all about by visiting our; BLOOM Allotments, Grange Road South, Hyde, SK14 5NP (entrance next to No 130.).
Call in anytime Tuesday– Friday between 9.30am – 3.00pm to meet our associates and staff.
BLOOM is open to adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and those with long term mental health needs. It provides social and communication opportunities through a range of inclusive activities which encourage new friendships and connections.
The project provides the opportunity to explore and pursue interests as well as discovering skills and abilities such as planning and design, growing, garden maintenance, woodwork, craft and cooking. There are also opportunities for associates to gain skills and confidence by participating in real work experiences of gardening and landscaping across the community, under the guidance and support of Greenscape staff.
No previous gardening experience is needed, just a pair of wellies and a willingness to spend time outdoors.
Health & Wellbeing
As well as helping to develop new skills and confidence, eco or horticultural therapy is a great way to enhance wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Health benefits include:
Better physical health through exercise.
Regular energetic horticultural activities provide the same positive health benefits as jogging or swimming.
Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement.
Horticulture/gardening is interesting and motivating, providing a variety of different tasks to perform as the seasons change.
And after all that exercise and sense of accomplishment... A good night's sleep guaranteed for all!
The BLOOM project can be accessed via personal budgets or through private fee paying arrangements. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
Please contact Leanne Bold to make a referral by emailing leanne.bold [at] stpeterspartnerships.org (subject: BLOOM%20Referral%20Enquiry) or by telephone to 0161 214 8300.
To see what Greenscape have been upto you can visit their Facebook.