Doctors offer gardening on prescription

9:30am Monday 5th May 2014

GARDENING is being piloted to help people living with depression and anxiety.

Doctors have teamed up with Groundwork Cheshire to offer places on the Grozone community garden project in Northwich.

NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) hopes this will improve health and well being in the area.

Andy Martin, project manager of Groundwork Cheshire, said: “Grozone is a welcoming and supportive community garden, horticulture and wildlife oasis in the heart of Northwich.

“It’s a great place to make new friends, get some exercise, grow your own food, relax and learn new skills.

“We are always looking for new faces to join us and to be part of this thriving community project.”

To take part in the CCG pilot you must be registered with a GP in Northwich, Weaverham or Winsford.

Dr Jonathan Griffiths, GP chairman of Vale Royal CCG, said: “Grozone is a fantastic programme which is suitable for people with a range of physical capabilities and access needs.

“The CCG wanted to provide something in the area that would support people with depression and anxiety, get them out of the house and hopefully improve their health and wellbeing.

“It is free to people who are registered with a GP practice in the Vale Royal area and you can apply for a place by asking your doctor to refer you.”

There are two 12-week programmes running at the Vickers Way garden this year – both take place every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.

The first is from June 4 to August 20 and the second is from September 3 to November 19.

For more information ring Andy Martin on 01606 723160 or email andy.martin@groundworkcheshire.org.uk.

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