The Maudsley Charity has developed a project urging everyone to connect with nature – whether you have your own garden or a local park. Sergio Heredero, Horticultural Instructor at the Bethlem Garden offers five top tips for improving your mental health through connecting with nature, based on the New Economic Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing.

The Fontmell Friendship Garden

Contact email: if you don’t have Facebook for more details.

Recently Fontmell Magna set up a community cut flower garden in Fontmell Magna village in conjunction with the social prescribing team at The Blackmore Vale Partnership.

Taken from their Facebook page:

“This is the goal of our community garden – all manned by volunteers . We are hopeful our cut flowers will enable the community to come together to grow, tend and enjoy the blooms. The garden will be supported by lots of events over the year linked to the garden.”

Abbey View Surgery in Shaftesbury continues to run the gardening project in the grounds. Contact Liz Rose or another member of the social prescribing team at the Blackmore Vale Practice for more information.

Also, don’t forget ‘Hope to Grow‘ run by The Hope Project (Shaftesbury and District Cares) and Green Gang in Gillingham See this website Local section for details.

Shaftesbury Home Grown


“Shaftesbury Home-Grown is a community group producing food as naturally & sustainably as we can, at our 4-acre field on the edge of Shaftesbury Dorset.Additional informationAll produce is for sale first to volunteers who work at Home-Grown, and then to anyone else living in or around Shaftesbury.Shaftesbury Home-Grown is a non-profit making social enterprise with all proceeds from sale of our food used to cover costs and build up our food-growing and animal-husbandry activities. Message us via Facebook page if you’d like to get in touch, we can then give a phone number or email address for further contact.”

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