The Spuds and Buds gardening group provides an opportunity for service users at Enfield Down to take part in gardening activities and enjoy the independence of caring for their own plants.
Enfield Down is a rehabilitation unit in Honley for people experiencing mental health difficulties.
Staff facilitate a weekly session in the garden and encourage service users to take responsibility for tending to the plants during the week as they wish to.
The group plant hanging baskets and grow flowers, fruits and vegetables in the greenhouse and wheelchair accessible planting troughs.
The gardening group has a positive effect on people’s physical and mental health as not only are they exercising and increasing their flexibility but they are also taking part in an activity that is mentally stimulating and encourages social interaction. The group is also socially inclusive as everyone at the unit, regardless of their knowledge about gardening or growing plants, can get involved.