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Gardening club that tackles mental health seeks funding to hold more sessions after Covid

Sarah Mason 29th Nov, 2021

AN AWARD-WINNING mental gardening group is hoping residents can dig deep to help fund more sessions in the wake of Covid-19.

Chelmsley Wood-based social enterprise Gro Organic, is calling for residents to help its Dig-it Crew which looks to break down barriers and stigma linked to those living with mental health and learning and physical disabilities.

The group, which meets at Jillcot Allotments in Solihull and Victory Gardens in Chelmsley Wood is looking to run more sessions and buy new tools and equipment after it noticed more residents are struggling from the effects of isolation, lacking time outdoors and experiencing increased anxiety and depression since the pandemic hit.

The groups give adults impacted by mental health challenges the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and improve their wellbeing.

As well as tending to plants and growing produce the Dig-it Crew look after a number of chickens and take part in art and craft activities.

The produce grown in the community gardens is donated to social supermarkets, food banks, and residents.

Tal Arrowsmith, the community engagement lead at Gro-Organic said: ‚ÄúDespite the Dig-It members’ personal challenges, they contribute so much to the area and now we want to support more people as we come out of this difficult time.

“I am really proud to work with the Dig-It crew and have seen the difference our community group can make.

“I would like everyone who needs support to be able to come. Following recent turbulent times I know support like this is more important than ever.”

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