Richmond Borough Mind

Local nurseries donate to ecotherapy

Richmond Borough Mind’s ecotherapy group celebrated the start of the New Year by planting some new fruit trees on their allotment site in Crane Park which has been gardened by people with mental health issues since 2007. The trees were generously donated by two local family owned nurseries: Squires Garden Centre in Twickenham and Petersham Nurseries in Richmond.

Ecotherapy helps people improve their mental and physical wellbeing by getting back in touch with nature. Our group has an engaging and inclusive programme of activities all year around across the borough including growing a range of plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers on a beautiful allotment plot in Crane Park, Twickenham; nature walks; and workshops that get people outside socialising with their peers and staying active. Other activities include educational trips to Kew, walks in Richmond Park, wreath making and outside art sessions.

The group welcomes anyone in the borough who feels their mental health could benefit by getting outside. The project provides a safe, social and nurturing space where people can be helped on their recovery journey.

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