Arbory Residential Home launches Community Allotments Project
24 Apr 2014
Iain Slack, General Manager, opens the Proceedings
Iain Slack, General Manager, opens the Proceedings
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Charlie Dimmock GY Janet Whiteley
Charlie Dimmock GY Janet Whiteley
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The general manager of the Arbory Residential Home, Iain Slack, and his team have launched an initiative called the Arbory Community Allotments.

"Located in grounds behind Arbory, on the London Road between Andover and Whitchurch, the allotments will be open to members of the public and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Families with a relative who has dementia will be able to reserve a small area, where they can grow vegetables, flowers or plants. Whatever is grown will be theirs to take home".

The initiative was formally launched by Charlie Dimmock, who had earlier given advice on the layout of the plot of land.
She was assited by Sir George and the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Janet Whiteley (with thanks to Paul Bevan for the picture)

In addition to being a disability and dementia friendly environment, there will be chickens, a children's play area and picnic benches where families can relax and socialise after tending their garden.

"I know that gardening has been shown to have many benefits for those who suffer from dementia, and projects like this work best when whole communities are involved in the support and development of them. I am grateful to the local businesses who have come forward to make donations, and make the allotments a great success".

Arbory is a member of the Hampshire Dementia Alliance, which has welcome the initiative and the benefits it can bring. The Alzheimer's Society will also be working on the project.
 
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