A local horticultural therapy project for people experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety is proving to be a huge success with local residents.
Commissioned by NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the project takes place at Grozone community garden in Northwich.
Andy Martin, Project Manager (pictured left), said: “Grozone is a welcoming oasis for wildlife and people in the heart of Northwich. The horticultural therapy project has supported people living with mental health conditions to access the garden, make new friends and learn new skills whilst receiving support from the Grozone team.”
To celebrate the success of the Horticultural Therapy project, residents who have taken part in the scheme were invited to take part in a series of short films to share their experiences and encourage others living with mild to moderate depression or anxiety to come along and get involved.
“The staff here are really friendly and helpful and you get to meet people with similar experiences as you.” NHS Vale Royal CCG will continue to fund the horticultural therapy project until September and has been able to offer Grozone additional funding to help upgrade the outdoor cooking area at the site. This will enable Grozone to expand their already popular cooking sessions and involve more people in activities.
Dr Jonathan Griffiths, GP Chair of Vale Royal CCG, said: “Grozone are always looking for new faces to join their thriving community project. If you’re living with a mental health condition and are registered with a GP in the Vale Royal area the project is free and could benefit you. You can take yourself along or apply for a place by asking your GP to refer you.”
The Grozone horticultural therapy project takes place every Wednesday and Friday afternoon, 13:00 – 15:00 at Grozone Community Garden, Old Danes Nursery, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5QA.
Grozone is open to everyone and does not exclusively focus on people who have depression and anxiety. If you have any questions about the project, contact Andy Martin on 01606 723160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org