Martlets, a hospice caring for people living through a terminal illness in and around Brighton and Hove is running a unique project that supports bereaved men as they tend a community allotment.
Funded by Hospice UK and in partnership with Plot 22, Earthworks is a weekly space for the men to get together to grow and harvest an abundance of vegetables, flowers and fruit.
Led by a hospice counsellor and a volunteer gardener, it’s a welcoming and supportive environment in which to work, whilst giving participants the chance to get outside in the fresh air.
Jane Cato from the hospice’s Bereavement Team said, “It’s all very relaxed. Each morning begins with a cuppa in the allotment shed around the wood burner.
Previous gardening experience isn’t important. You can take on whichever jobs interest you, whether that’s lighter work in the greenhouse or getting really stuck into the digging and clearing. Simply getting closer to nature can be very therapeutic, regardless of what the weather’s doing!
It’s a very hands-on way for people to come together and to use their skills and energy to complete practical tasks, whilst benefitting from talking to others who are in a similar situation – if that’s what they want to do.
Less than a quarter of those using our hospice bereavement services are men and there’s nowhere else in Brighton & Hove for bereaved men to get together. It makes sense to find an alternative way to support them as we know we can help.”
The project will run until the end of June.
To find out more about Earthworks, or to sign-up please contact the Martlets’ Patient and Family Support Administrator on 01273 273400, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many different kinds of gardens and landscapes that facilitate health and wellbeing. The network embraces all projects and examples ranging from hospices, hospitals, care homes, clinics, prisons, community gardens, cancer centres as well as nature based therapeutic work such as Ecopsychology and horticulture therapy. Landscape is taken in its broadest sense, embracing the natural and designed environment, highlighting its many relationships to human health and wellbeing.
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