We were delighted to donate the finishing touches to a very special allotment in the Cotswolds recently – which helps young people boost their mental health.
We dished up a pallet each of our Sylvagrow Multipurpose Compost with Added John Innes and Melcourt Hardwood Playchips to the Headspace Cotswolds’ allotment in Bourton-on-the-Water, in May.
The allotments, which were established in February, provide youngsters who are struggling with their emotions to take part in gardening activities such as growing fruit and vegetables, composting and weeding.
Registered charity Headspace Cotswolds also organises counselling sessions and wellbeing activities for young people, and parental support groups.
“The gardening activities allow our users to focus on something different, giving them much needed time out from the issues they are facing,” says chair of trustees Kathryn Pulham. “They also pick up lots of useful skills along the way.”
Melcourt’s hardwood playchips have been used to turn the muddy paths into clean walkways, while the peat free compost has filled the raised planters.
“It has transformed the look and feel of the allotment,” says Kathryn. “And we are looking forward to seeing our potatoes, strawberries, blackberries and flowers spring to life.”
The charity, which also has an orchard of apples, pears, and plums, hopes to set up a cookery club to encourage the young people to use their produce. Veg and fruit – and their culinary creations – will be donated to local care homes.
Kathryn says the vegetable garden has given the children a safe place for them to open up. “Gardening is a mindful activity that promotes positive wellbeing, and it means a huge amount for them to see the results of their hard work as the raised beds come to life,” she says. “Of course, they may also grow prize-winning produce in their SylvaGrow – so we may be entering some horticultural competitions too!”
Find out more about the amazing work of the Headspace Cotswolds team here.