Richmond Borough Mind

Cultivating Minds receives 2,000 cash boost

Richmond Borough Mind’s Cultivating Minds project which supports people to improve their mental health and wellbeing by getting outside and in touch with nature has received a 2000 grant from Heathrow Community Fund.

Cultivating Minds is an ecotherapy group which since 2007 has given people with mental health problems in Richmond a chance to get outside, socialise and stay active through activities including gardening at the beautiful Crane Park allotment; nature walks; and creative and educational workshops throughout the borough. 

The funding will help to increase group members’ knowledge about the natural world through educational visits to gardens and parks within the borough and a series of locally hosted workshops and events. It will also enable the ecotherapy group to enhance conservation activities within Crane Park allotments and spread awareness of environmental issues and sustainable gardening techniques. 

Recent research from the University of Essex found that four in five people got more involved in community activities by the time they left an ecotherapy project in turn helping to reduce the stigma around mental health.  

Bethany Summers, Richmond Borough Mind’s Cultivating Minds Project Co-ordinator, said: “Ecotherapy is a really enjoyable way for people to take practical steps to improve their mental health and wellbeing. There are so many positive benefits to being outside with people, learning and working on collective projects that improve our shared environment. It’s great to get support for the group!”

You can find out more about the ecotherapy project here.  

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