DWT launches new project to help promote health and happiness
Monday 22nd August 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is launching the Greengage Project, a wellbeing ‘hub’ designed to offer a new lease of life to people in local communities, through ecotherapy and therapeutic horticulture.
The scheme hopes to enable anyone who suffers from dementia or mental health issues, or those in long-term unemployment, the chance to benefit from and find a connection with nature. The hub in Swanage will be a glass house cultivating fresh produce, transforming a former commercial plant nursery site into a ‘blooming hub’, growing produce which will be sold back into the community.
We intend to grow people as well as wildflowers and vegetables!
The project is being run by DWT Community Conservation Officer, Briony Baxter, a qualified psychotherapist with 10 years’ experience in private practice and the NHS. Briony said, “Having run a similar project to this in Devon, I have seen the real and lasting difference it can make to people’s lives. There are also numerous studies that show when someone with depression or anxiety, for example, becomes involved in an organised programme of ‘ecotherapy’ they can reduce their need for medication and develop more confidence. We intend to grow people as well as wildflowers and vegetables!”
Greengage will also offer qualifications in horticulture
Greengage will also offer 50 people the opportunity to gain a qualification - a certified (AQA) experience in horticulture and the natural environment.
We need help to raise the final £3,000.
Major donor to the project and founder of the Fine Foundation, Sibyl Fine-King, says “I am delighted to support the Greengage project. When I visited it was clear that this beautiful and tranquil site can and should be transformed into a place where people and nature can be nurtured and cherished. The name Greengage says it all, a coming together of gardens and people with good faith and an intent heal and help people.”
DWT has already received tremendous support from the local community to make Greengage possible. So far, we have raised £14,500 but we now need your help to raise the last £3,000.
You can pledge to Greengage via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/greengage. Help us spread the word about the project on social media via @GreengageHQ. For more information about the project, contact Briony Baxter on 01305 264620.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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