After much speculation the allotment has finally re-opened again

After much anticipation, the allotment has finally re-opened its doors again due to high demand from service users.

Fun and engaging activities taking place at the allotment include planting exotic fruit and vegetables, growing beautiful flowers and harvesting crops which is all a part of therapeutic horticulture. These types of activities are also known as eco therapy as they promote positive wellbeing through outdoor programmes in a green environment.

The allotment eco therapy group is run by Community Wellbeing worker Sid Virk three times a week. Sid studied at Bourneville College of Further Education and King’s Heath Horticultural College where he attained a NPTC national Certificate in therapeutic horticulture.

Community Wellbeing’s Sid Virk said: “Spending time gardening and growing foods at the allotment benefits everyone as it allows you to have a relationship with nature so that your personal wellbeing is considered equally alongside the health of the environment. The allotment eco therapy group promotes positive health and wellbeing as the exercise reduces your cholesterol, blood pressure and relaxes the mind. Growing your own produce automatically makes you a more focused individual as you have a goal to reach and you want a positive end result.”

Sid is not the only one who is delighted about the re-opening of the allotment, with services users ecstatic and full of
praise about the allotment eco therapy group.

One of our Service User’s who attends the allotment eco therapy group said: “It’s a magnificent way of meeting new people and exercising at the same time! The allotment eco therapy group reduces stress levels and is an enjoyable way of connecting with nature. The best thing of all is that all the produce is shared amongst the allotment members and we can use the vegetables for our healthy eating groups too!”

Here at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group we are always looking for new members to join our fun sessions and activities we organise. For more information about these and when the allotment eco therapy groups are being run make sure to check out our What’s On Guide or alternatively you can call the Community Wellbeing team on 0121 565 5605.