Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare (JHCL) is a positive space for therapeutic gardening activities, helping vulnerable people with special needs, mental health problems, the elderly or those recovering from physical illness.
Adults may want to increase their employment prospects or simply find a new hobby. Enjoying time in the extraordinary gardens can be calming, stimulating, rewarding and educational. By participating in gardening, you can gain important life skills such as:
- Meeting new people and learning to work together
- Increase knowledge and skills
- How to handle equipment safely and managing you time
It can also provide physical exercise which in turn can alleviate stress. Beyond the physical, there are many other health benefits to gardening:
- Development of social and intellectual skills, including those needed for social inclusion or rehabilitation
- Somewhere peaceful to escape to, helping restore a sense of balance and wellbeing
- A healthier diet – if you put the effort into growing fruit, herbs and vegetables you are more likely to eat them and reap the rewards.
JHCL welcomes people with learning disabilities who may want to learn new skills or carry out some volunteer work. Adults with learning disabilities, accompanied by their support staff, regularly attend the site and have really enjoyed the experience, even on rainy days! Some of these support agencies have their own plot of land on the site but others can work alongside volunteers of the community growing area to grow and share the produce.
We are also able to provide support workers either to an individual or to a group using staff that have a keen interest in horticulture and the natural environment.
Whether you are an individual or an organisation interested in the services above, please feel free to get in contact with David. You can volunteer on your own or with friends, allowing you to learn and have great fun in the process.