Get back to nature for mental health

May 25 2022

FREE mindfulness sessions will run at Kingswood Community Allotment to help people connect with nature.

“Introduction to mindfulness through nature connection” classes will run on Wednesdays from 11am to 12pm.

The first batch of four classes starts on June 22 and continues until July 13. The second batch begins on July 24 and runs until August 14.

Green Spaces Coordinator Georgina Green said: “We’re organising these post-lockdown as a way for people to get out and enjoy nature.

“Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, as has being outdoors. By combining the two, we hope to offer something really powerful.

“It’s a great time to be in the allotment because we’re just planting out everything and it’s unrecognisable from where it was a year ago when we started it.”

The allotment, near Pound Road, also offers free gardening sessions and wellbeing sessions, to get the community involved in growing, learning about plant care, and raising flowers and vegetables.

Later this month, it will showcase its work as part of the Chelsea Fringe festival, which runs in parallel with Chelsea Flower Show. Along with the Orchard Gardening Group that runs next to Orchard Medical Centre, volunteers will show the best of their flowers and vegetables.

To get involved with mindfulness sessions or gardening groups, contact georginagreen@southernbrooks.org.uk or phone 07814 288916.

Transformed!
Before and after - how the allotment site looked a year ago, and what it is like after a year of effort.

Before

After