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Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

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Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

Started by Alive May 3, 2017. 0 Replies

How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Case Study: Digger's Field

Their story: Digger's Field are an Allotment Society near Langport in South Somerset who started in April 2010 to provide affordable access to land where local people can grow their own food. Their local town council didn't have allotments and nearby site in Huish Episcopi had a long waiting list. Now all 26 allotments are let and cultivated.

Their journey: Through Somerset Community Food, Digger's Field were able to get in touch with a local landowner who offered part of his field to let. The logistics were arranged with Langport Town Council and very soon all plots were taken. They promoted them mostly via word of mouth, leaflets displayed in town and through the Landshare website.

BeforeAfter

Achievements:

  • All plots are now let and most of them actively cultivated.
  • They have 34 individual members with more people benefiting including children and families of the members.

Challenges:

  • Dmitry from the project said that communication between members was possibly the greatest challenge as everybody has busy schedules. However they will now use the shed provided through Somerset Community Food's Get Growing Support Fund as a communication point hosting a noticeboard.
  • They did have some problems with rabbits but with help of Somerset Grassroots Grant we had a rabbit-proof fence build around the allotments.


Plans for the future: Dmitry says the groups plans are to 'Grow!' They are also investigating options of rainwater harvesting on site or digging a well and may need some support in this area.

How to get involved: Although all plots are taken at the moment some may become available for new members. There are other possibilities to get involved in regular events such as hedge laying and tree planting around allotments.

Public Contact: Dmitry at:  guskov (at) btinternet (dot) com

Website: http://www.diggersfield.org.uk/

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