Help us to be there to support mental wellbeing
As any gardener will tell you, getting outdoors into the fresh air is great for your physical and mental wellbeing. We call this Ecotherapy.
It improves peoples physical and mental health by gently increasing their activity levels.
This service is for people who experience mild to moderate depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems. For people who are in recovery and who want to help build emotional resilience as a preventative measure. It is also for people to help prevent the onset of mental ill-health e.g. an episode of depression.
We have allotments in Hadleigh, Haverhill, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds which offer people the opportunity to learn about gardening and contribute to the creation of a thriving growing space that benefits everyone. People can also make new friends and get support from other group members.
Hadleigh - Friday mornings from 10.00am
Haverhill - Thursday afternoon from 12.30pm
Newmarket - Tuesday afternoon from 12.30pm
Bury St Edmunds "Cotton Lane" - Friday mornings from 10.00am
Ipswich - Tuesday mornings from 10.00am
"Spending just two or three hours a week in the fresh air, in beautiful surroundings and benefitting from some much needed, but gentle exercise, as part of a friendly and supportive team, never fails to leave me feeling happier and invigorated. This, along with the knowledge I have gained, and the sense of pride I feel in being part of an innovative project to support people experiencing mental health issues, has been an invaluable experience which I would highly recommend to people of any age or background". Volunteer, Sam.
For all our allotment projects location, date and time click here for the flyer.
For more information about our ecotherapy projects please call 0300 111 6000 or use our enquiry form to send us an email.