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Toby Lyons Bruna Maddalena
An allotment project is providing dementia-friendly gardening to offer therapeutic and social benefits to users.

The allotment in north Bristol is run by the charity Alive, which works to improve the quality of life of older people and their carers.

In a service that started in August, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture practitioners work with clients and their carers two afternoons a week, drawing on eight years of experience of supporting people with dementia through gardening.

The charity was hoping the project would attract people who enjoy the benefits of gardening but don’t want the regular commitment of having to visit and maintain their own allotment, and the response so far has been 'phenomenal'.

Next spring, Alive is hoping to start a project for people with early-onset dementia and is planning to run taster sessions initially. Anyone interested should email communitygardening@aliveactivities.org

Anyone who could offer time as a volunteer is also encouraged to get in touch.

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