I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. — John Burroughs (1837-1921)
New Project and collaboration
As mentioned briefly in the previous blog post, Bolton Steps the mental health charity have kindly invited us to deliver a growing and well being project at their project base at Victoria Halls in Bolton. The first session of ‘Gardening and well being @ the Courtyard’ will take place on Monday the 7th of July and will run from 1:30 – 3pm, all future sessions will run at the same time every Monday until Autumn. The aims of the project are many, including nurturing a sense of well being in people who attend the session through their contact with nature via gardening and working outdoors, to provide valuable experience in small scale horticulture, and to cultivate a fully functioning food and well being garden in the Courtyard space where the sessions will be held.
The first session
As with most gardening and horticultural work it is seldom the case that you can just start to plant things without any prep work taking place, so the first session of the Gardening and well being project will consist of tidying up the courtyard, preparing seed trays and growing boxes, and sowing seeds. It is important that people who attend these sessions are involved all in aspects of the transformation and development of the site from start to finish, in the same way that they will be involved and interacting with the life cycle of seeds to full grown vegetable.