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CROP Horticultural Therapy Gardens in Plymouth receives funding from Livewell Southwest

13th July 2017

A grant of £12,400 has been provided by Livewell Southwest to continue its partnership with Tamar Grow Local. CROP gardens in Stoke provides horticultural therapy for people with mental health conditions. The produce is then sold via the Tamar Grow Local Hub. The grant is being used to fund a member of staff from Tamar Grow Local who provides specialist horticultural knowledge and support for service users and volunteers working at the site.

CROP is a garden nursery and salad growing facility that provides horticultural therapy for a wide range of people with mental health conditions. It is a clinical service, using horticulture, group dynamics, one to one support and goal planning as treatment tools, supporting recovery in a holistic way, providing wellbeing support, training and occupation.

CROP currently supports up to 12 service users a day who benefit from using the gardens to learn new skills, socialise and take part in a range of activities to aid their recovery including growing projects, garden maintenance and bee keeping.

Steve Waite, Chief Executive said:

“There are numerous therapeutic benefits for people in being able to access the gardens at CROP. It provides an alternative way to engage in therapy and recovery, with exercise, fresh air and opportunities to socialise. It also gives people the chance to learn new skills that they can use in the future in work or education.Supporting community projects such as CROP is an important role for us as a community interest company. CROP is a fantastic example of a project that offers a community based activity that is of benefit to service users and the local community alike. Fresh local produce from CROP is sold on site and there are opportunities for local people to get involved with volunteering too. CROP is a great asset to the community and it is entirely in keeping with our outlook at Livewell Southwest to support projects like this."