Grant joy for Swaffham garden programme

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District council leaders have backed a Swaffham community gardening project with a grant of more than £6,000.

The Escape Community Allotment project will receive the money from Breckland Council to provide eco-therapy and training sessions.

The investment means the project, which supports people with mental health conditions, will now be able to support up to 40 people to help them improve their wellbeing.

The project is run by Family Action as part of the WellFamily service, based at the town’s community centre.

And group manager Clare Peak said: “We’re really pleased to have received this support from Breckland.

“This therapy and training will provide additional opportunities to enhance mental health and wellbeing by making the most of recreational space within the community.

“The project is also about helping people to find out more about healthy eating, gardening and cookery, with the opportunity to work towards a National Open College Network award in horticulture which could enhance their employability in the future.”

Trevor Carter, a member of the Breckland Council cabinet, said: “This is a really exciting project which will give people of all ages an opportunity to improve their mental and physical health.

“I’m pleased that we have been able to support it.”