There has been a growing interest in the benefits of nature-based therapies for the well-being of individuals of all ages and for those struggling with a broad range of life challenges.
space2grow aims to assist people living in the local area who have been affected by mental health and psychological difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
We believe that nature has a unique ability to help people to feel more present, connected and content and that creating, conserving and learning about natural habitats together is beneficial to all. We believe that meaningful horticultural and environmental activities have the ability to offer important physical and psychological benefits.
We have a wide range of activities which people are able to get involved with. These range from cultivating vegetables and flowers, general gardening and maintenance, planning and developing areas of the acre and perhaps most importantly enjoying a well earned hot drink and break! We welcome lots of different ideas and at the moment we have various projects that are just being formed so there are plenty of areas to get really engaged with. These range from planning and developing a serenity garden, planning a pond and considering the planting to support that, planning a willow arch, planning flower beds, developing areas to encourage insects and other wildlife.
Whichever programme is being attended all of us at space2grow want to ensure everyone feels welcomed, accepted and able to become involved with the development and nurturing of this beautiful space as much as they would like and feel able to do so.
So many things happening on the acre in the past week it seems as if we’re competing with the spring flowers to come to bloom!
The acre is beginning to look quite glorious. Marianne and Sarah went plant shopping and the " Madge Green Bee Bed " is really taking shape.
A noticeable feature has moved location as our greenhouse now sits proudly on its new base.
Despite the recent wild stormy weather our new shed is very nearly complete…all the electrics are in, it's fully insulated and solid as a rock!
Work has finally started on our much longed for gardening cabin! For months we’ve had the square of rubble, promising to be the foundations and finally it’s going up, another milestone for space2grow!
On our regular gathering on Wednesday it was like Picadilly Circus with guests and visitors, volunteers and the acre pack all making the most of the wonderful weather.
Nothing heralds the change of season as well as the bright yellow daffodils with their ' trumpets' proudly announcing that spring is coming. With such lovely weather drifting over the acre it is truly magical to see the changes, knowing that longer and warmer days are on the way.
On Wednesday it was busy, busy, busy as we made great strides under Nicks guidance in laying our new path. The ground was prepared before a membrane to suppress the weeds was laid down.
This week saw us start the second layer of our willow fencing which also meant harvesting the boughs by pollarding the trees by the stream.
After a bitterly cold start we were soon bathed in sunshine and worked under a perfectly azure sky.