Grove Your Own Community Garden

Grove Your Own Community Garden

To build a sustainable community garden from residents’ input.

Aim

This project was to fund the tools for utilising the community garden space.

buzz connected with this project in November 2020. At that time physical groundworks were underway but delayed due to COVID-19.

The layout of the garden has been designed so it is physically accessible for wheelchair users. This garden space will be a location to host social events with local residents to help reduce social isolation and help people learn new skills.

Location

Ardwick

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.

Evaluation

Grove Your Own is currently ongoing and is a success. It was started in response to a want from residents, identified through the Neighbourhood Regeneration Officer’s discussions.

Residents contributed their views on the garden through the Grove Your Own panel. Delays were due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite this the pane met online, helping maintain that connection established before the pandemic. The engagement tools used were Zoom, phone calls, questionnaires and in person meetings when allowed.

buzz provided funding to purchase essential gardening tools from Hulme Community Garden Centre. These tools are in storage and available for residents preparing and maintaining the space.

This project has allowed residents to engage with nature and get outside. The space has supported mental and physical health for residents who were experiencing severe isolation during the pandemic.

The garden will provide a communal space for people to learn how to garden, give back and meet neighbours. The social use of the space will be decided through further engagement later in the year.

Project Team

Grove Your Own Panel (Residents)

Grove Village Residents Association

Grove Village Regeneration Officer

buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Supports older people

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Reduces income-related health inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Improves local area

Our Manchester Strategy

Increased social cohesion

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Can be used for social prescribing

General Practice Forward View (NHS England, 2016)


Research/evidence base

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

Contact

Nico Dhillon - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Nico.Dhillon@gmmh.nhs.uk



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