Local people in Barnsley who have been working hard at Pinfold allotment in Cudworth are now enjoying the fruits (and vegetables!) of their labour.
Established by staff in the South and Dearne community mental health team, people have been attending regular groups at the allotment since September 2012, planning what they would like to grow, clearing away the weeds, and nurturing the plants from seed to flower.
Mark, a regular member of the group explained, “It’s really nice to come up to the allotment and get involved. We have planted a whole range of fruits and vegetables that are now ready to eat including potatoes, courgettes, peppers, beetroot and onions. I have always had an interest in this type of work so being part of the allotment group is a great chance for me to share the tips and knowledge I’ve picked up along the way with others.”
Miriam Rowe, senior occupational therapist in the team explains, “We decided to set up the allotment group as many people can benefit from taking part in gardening activities, growing plants and generally just getting involved in outdoor activity. There is a growing body of research to support gardening as a health promoting activity as not only does it offer the opportunity for physical activity but also to nurture and care and enjoy time in a natural environment.”
The allotment groups are held every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm (1pm to 4pm in the winter). If you would like to get involved in the allotment group and are in touch with the Trust’s South and Dearne community mental health team, speak to your care co-ordinator or psychiatrist who will be able to make a referral for you.