Debdale DiggersDebdale Diggers are a friendly group of local residents who maintain the flower beds in Debdale Park, Gorton.
The aim was to support the resident’s gardening group to help them acquire new equipment so that additional volunteers could help them during the pandemic. The hope was that this would both benefit the wellbeing of the participants, and also help maintain the local green space for the benefit of everyone in the community.
This would also help to create opportunities for local residents affected by isolation to take part in a friendly community activity involving gentle exercise.
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.
We were able to support the group financially to purchase additional equipment to enable more people to volunteer whilst following COVID-19 guidelines.
buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker Noah also worked with the group to develop a new Debdale Diggers Facebook page to help promote the group, and make local residents aware that they could get involved. Noah has also been helping the group to make links with other gardening groups in the area to develop support network between the groups.
Debdale Bowling and Social Club
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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
Noah Mellor - Neighbourhood Health Worker
Tel. 0161 271 0501
Mob. 07484 546326
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