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New allotment to help improve mental health

By Josh Thomas

Volunteers on the allotment
Volunteers on the allotment

A new allotment in Haverhill has been set up to help those suffering with their mental and emotional health.

Suffolk Mind, a mental health charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental health issues, opened the allotment, just off Castle Lane, last Thursday (May 14).

The land is owned by Havebury housing association, who gave the charity use of the space for their Ecotherapy project, which aims to use gardening to bring people together and give them more confidence.

Sarah Savine of Suffolk Mind said: “Pretty much anyone is welcome to come and use it.

“It’s for people looking to improve their physical or mental health. People who are in recovery who feel they would like to do something, or people trying to overcome anxiety would benefit from this.”

The allotment took a while to complete as a lot of work needed to be done to clear the site. At one point, a mini-digger had to be brought in to clear the area.

The allotment will be run by volunteers and there will be weekly sessions on Thursdays between 12pm and 3pm for people to enjoy the allotment.

“It gets you outside in the fresh air and gets you doing exercise,” said Sarah. “You get to talk to people. We encourage people to talk to us as well.”

People can refer themselves to use the allotment’s services by contacting Suffolk Mind on 0300 1116000. They can attend sessions on their own or can go with a carer if they prefer.

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