To mark National Allotment Week (10-16 August) green fingered staff and patients at Great Oaks mental health unit in Scunthorpe have been discovering the benefits of growing and eating their own vegetables.
Great Oaks on Ashby High Street, which is run by us, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), provides inpatient care on for people with mental health conditions.
The unit has its own allotment with raised beds and poly tunnel. Over the spring and summer staff and patients have been busy sowing seeds and growing tomatoes, potatoes, beetroot, marrows, cabbages, chard, lettuces and basil herbs as part of their therapeutic activities.
Theresa Hepworth, RDaSH Reablement Worker, said: “There are many health and wellbeing benefits of having an allotment. The patients enjoy being outside in the fresh air and looking after the plants. All the food that we grow is used in our cooking and eating sessions on the ward.”
The team has been selling some of the vegetables and ploughing the funds raised back into the allotment to buy more seeds for the next season.
If you would like to support this allotment project the team would welcome donations of compose and some compose bins. Just contact Theresa Hepworth by emailing Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org