Clayton Hall OrchardReducing the height of trees so elderly residents could continue to prune and use Clayton Hall Orchard.
The aim of this project was to help fund, and provide support to access other streams of funding, in order to prune and maintain the fruit trees at Clayton Hall. The size of the trees was getting out of hand, as many of the branches were too high to easily prune or harvest. Many of the volunteers who are involved in the Clayton Hall Orchard group are elderly and felt unsafe or apprehensive when collecting fruit. In addition, one of the apple trees was vandalised during lockdown.
Benefits of Gardening
Exposure to green space can have a positive effect on both physical and mental health. Studies have shown that gardening can reduce depression and anxiety and local green space has been linked to improved mental health and wellbeing. For older people, gardening can be a useful source of physical activity, while supporting independence and reducing loneliness. Living in areas with green spaces is associated with less income-related health inequality, weakening the effect of deprivation on health. Urban green spaces can contribute to social cohesion but the quality and maintenance of green spaces is important to make them appealing.
The project was a success with the trees being reduced in size and therefore becoming more manageable for the residents to easily prune and harvest. The numbers of volunteers have gone up since the tree work began, and the produce is now being used in Clayton Halls’ kitchen in the form of fruit pies and jam.
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Manchester Wellbeing Fund
Elm House Tree Service
Strategic links to local/national policies
Increased mental wellbeing
Supports older people
Reduces income-related health inequalities
Improves local area
Increased social cohesion
Can be used for social prescribing
Public Health England (2020) Improving Access to Greenspace: A new review for 2020
Houlden et al (2018) The relationship between greenspace and the mental wellbeing of adults: A systematic review PLoS One, 13 (9)
The King’s Fund (2016) Gardens and Health: Implications for policy and practice
World Health Organization (2016) Urban Green Spaces and Health: A review of evidence
Schmutz et al, Garden Organic and Sustain (2014) The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing
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