Gardening for Health (formerly Totnes Healthy Futures)

Benefits & Outcomes

The beneficiaries of the project will be local people, including patients from Totnes surgeries and other local healthcare practices, school children and other specific groups.

The project is expected to provide the following benefits and outcomes:
 

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BENEFITS AND OUTCOMES

Economic

  •  Cheaper home-grown food and reduced transport costs
  •  Health-care savings

Social

  •  Stronger community cohesion and involvement
  •  Development of higher levels of interaction and skill-share within the      community

Environmental

  •  Best uses of scarce resources, promotion of organic practices
  •  Two-way connection between people and nature

Therapeutic

  •  Healthier produce, increased physical activity
  •  Replicable model for integrating food production and individual resilience with      measurable physical, mental and emotional health benefits

Educational

  •  Accessible courses for food growing and healthy living
  •  Placement opportunities for health and social care students

Objectives of the Project

  • to promote the role of food for healthy futures, with The Lamb as the Project Hub,
  • to improve health through gardening, supported by Health professionals and a medical referral system,
  • to provide a therapeutic opportunity, with local medical care practices, to develop communal and personal resilience, and health (mental and physical) to respond appropriately and  effectively to change,
  • to provide an accessible education/skills resource for the community, with approximately 100 people trained in the first year through practical experience and locally run courses,
  • to support food security and sustainable communities,
  • to involve in a communal activity all sectors of the community including children, young people, elderly, and those with special needs, supported by volunteers and health / social care  students,
  • to grow local food to sell to local people,
  • to evaluate the project and assess the therapeutic and social benefits of the project.

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