Countryside Project

Therapeutic horticulture is the name given to the process of using gardening, plants and horticulture to help individuals develop an increased sense of achievement and improved self-esteem whilst encouraging healthy exercise.
The AVCP garden, set amongst the fields of the Alkham Valley, features a large Polytunnel, raised beds, soft fruit cage, rose walk, woodland walk and wild life pond. Gardening projects include sowing seeds, hoeing, hedging, lawn maintenance composting, soft landscaping, planting and cropping of vegetables and soft fruit. Topics such as what to wear when gardening and safe use of tools are also covered.
  
So how is gardening therapeutic?
  
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening include:

  • Improved physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility
  • Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
  • The opportunity to be part of a team, working in a friendly supportive environment,connecting with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
  • Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment
  • Just feeling better for being outside, enjoying the countryside of the beautiful Alkham Valley, feeling in touch with nature and in the 'great outdoors'

If you would like further information please contact John 0786 229 1078 or email us through the contact us page on this website.