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The aim of the Growth Project is to help people with mental health issues on their road to recovery by developing a restorative setting where individuals can become revitalised and refreshed, and which fosters recovery from mental fatigue. We do this by using green spaces, gardening, plants and horticulture to help individuals develop both physically and mentally. We actively promote the “Five Ways To Wellbeing” and provide a service designed to aid the prevention of service users needing primary mental health care. The project takes derelict sites no-one wants and turns them into gardens, works of art and habitats for wildlife. Everything has been constructed, developed, grown and finally eaten by the people who access the service.
We are in partnership with Rochdale and Distinct Mind. The project is set in an area of deprivation and helps the local community by improving their environment. We enter Britain in Bloom and have won gold at the national awards. We are also part of the National Garden Scheme, bringing in hundreds of visitors. Foster children and their families also visit the site.