The Greengage Project
Evidence suggests that being out in the natural world boosts our health and wellbeing.
In the modern world, it is becoming increasingly important for our physical and mental health to switch off and unplug.
Situated in Swanage, we started the Greengage Project as a wellbeing ‘hub.’ It is designed to offer a new lease of life to people in local communities, through ecotherapy and therapeutic horticulture.
Over the last couple of years, the scheme has been giving people the chance to benefit from and find a connection with nature. Working with a range of people across all ages, genders and fitness levels, from the long-term unemployed to those living with dementia or mental health issues, the project has been working to empower people through nature.
The hub has transformed a former commercial plant nursery site into a ‘blooming hub’, where fresh produce is grown and sold back to the community. Those working at Greengage have also been able to benefit from gaining a qualification in horticulture.
You can read about the work of the Greengage page in our report here.
Volunteers at our Greengage nursery are given a choice of the seasonal activities that are available for them to be involved in on the Monday sessions as part of the Stepping into Nature project (supporting older people and those living with dementia and their carers). Those attending are shown how to carry out the tasks and if necessary will have someone working alongside them to assist.
Wherever possible we encourage people to do things for themselves, particularly if they have gardening experience and we have a ‘light touch’ approach to supervision, while maintaining safety, allowing participants to achieve as much for themselves as possible.
These sessions run on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.
Call Katie on 01202 692033 to book and for more information or email .
To attend Greengage on a Friday you can make a self-referral or be referred by your GP, occupational health practitioner, community mental health team, housing association or other health practitioner.
You can request a Referral Pack by contacting Kate Anstey on . Dorset Wildlife Trust takes confidentiality very seriously.
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