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Tackling isolation and loneliness exacerbated by the pandemic is at the heart of a new therapeutic gardening programme launched by Thrive.

People aged over 50 last week began 12-weeks of Sow & Grow sessions aimed at improving emotional wellbeing, increasing confidence and boosting physical health.

One day a week, eight people will work with a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner and experienced volunteers in the gardens of Thrive Birmingham in King’s Heath Park.

They’ll be taking part in a range of horticultural activities together, such as plant propagation, growing veg, caring for houseplants, as well as gaining insights into garden design and healthy eating.

Residents living in the Hall Green constituency are eligible to join the free programme which has been generously funded by the Hall Green Neighbourhood Network.

Sarah Bowers, Thrive Birmingham’s Regional Centre Manager, said: ‘These are designed to be friendly and welcoming sessions where we are working with individuals to set personal goals that can help improve their mental and physical health.

‘With summer here, we hope this will be a programme that provides a lift for people and underlines the value of regular gardening for wellbeing.’

This is the first of three Sow & Grow programmes being run at Thrive Birmingham this year. If you are interested in joining one and live in the Hall Green constituency, please email Birmingham@thrive.org.uk

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