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National Growing for Wellbeing Week

Plants growing in pots
This week is all about National Growing for Wellbeing Week. We spoke to some of our previous community fund winners about how to promote positive health and wellbeing in the community.
How do you think your project helps the health and wellbeing of the local community and volunteers?
“Our project helps the wider community by offering a tranquil setting to get outside have some exercise, learn about growing and sustainability and healthy eating alongside meeting new people and become part of the farms family. We share healthy vegetarian lunches when we are open which gives us chance to all sit together share the events that have happened during the week. We always buddy up with new volunteers to ensure they don’t feel isolated or intimidated within the farm….Not everyone who comes down wants to volunteer, some just come to have a chat and a cup of tea in a peaceful setting with friendly people.”

Do you have any tips for anyone who wants to start "Growing for wellbeing"?
“My advice to anyone who want to start Growing for wellbeing is to do it! Even if it’s in a small space. Advertise locally for like-minded people to join you, meet up chat together about what you want your idea to become and speak to your local council about land available even if it's small piece. We crowdfunded to start our farm and used the local media and social media to get the word out to everyone locally and the response was amazing.
We live in an age that can be so socially isolating and very time poor with everyone’s busy lives.  Working as part of a team on a community farm project can break down the barriers of loneliness and improve all our physical and mental well-being and give access to fresh produce for everyone.”

Are you getting involved this week? Let us know by tagging us on social media or sending us your pictures.