Pendle Leisure Trust has successfully secured funding for a new therapeutic horticulture project – The Good Life.
As an organisation, the trust is recognised for its approach in supporting a diverse range of community projects that have enriched the lives of local people, especially the traditionally hard to reach and vulnerable groups living in the borough’s most deprived wards.
The Good Life, which will be launched next month, is to receive £305,550 over five years from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme.
This project aims to help integrate isolated and inactive individuals with mild to moderate mental health issues into their local community through a combination of social interaction and physical activity.
A progressive four-stage programme will be utilised and will include socialisation, relationship-building, learning new skills using the natural environment, a Buddying Scheme and volunteering.
Activities will include preparing seed beds, seed sowing, planting, nurturing, feeding, crop rotation, tool maintenance, essential hygiene, weeding, cooking, bird feeding, nature-based art sessions, care and development of wildlife habitats, composting/recycling/fertilising, site maintenance and project administration.
The project is also supported by the Environmental Action Group and Bounceback Safety Surfaces in Colne.
The Good Life, which will begin in November and be based at Hodge House Allotments in Nelson, replaces the trust’s current scheme, Live Well Eat Well.