Allotments gifted to support group in East Dunbartonshire

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Gardening enthusiasts at a day support service in East Dunbartonshire have been given allotment spaces by Hillhead Housing Association.

Bield’s Whitehill Court Day Care development is supporting its green fingered service users and staff by participating in the growing spaces project.

The project aims to benefit diverse groups in the area, such as people living with dementia and young school leavers, by encouraging them to bond together through gardening.

 

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Eleven raised flower beds, a community orchard, a polytunnel and picnic areas will be developed on the plot.

 

Eleven raised flower beds, a community orchard, a polytunnel and picnic areas will be developed on the plot.

Participants will get gardening tools and seeds free of charge and are being encouraged to eat the healthy items they grown.

So far, they have planted carrots and broad beans and built a trestle for sweet peas.

Maureen Hopkins, Resource Manager at Whitehill Court said: “Gardening has many benefits; as well as being a very therapeutic activity, the project will also provide social stimulation for our service users.

“They are thoroughly enjoying the growing spaces which are a definite talking point at Whitehill Court.

“The plot has wheelchair accessible flower beds, a greenhouse and gardening huts, so it is the perfect place for our service users to interact with the local community to get out and have fun.”

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