12th August 2019

Fans of gardening and the great outdoors are invited to join our new monthly Muddy Boots Club in John Coles Park, Chippenham, in September.

The group will give people living with dementia and their carers the chance to be involved in a gardening project in the park’s sensory garden. Run in partnership with Foragers Farm, which helped establish our successful Salisbury group, members can enjoy a variety of activities including pruning, helping with digging, weeding and planting or just generally enjoying being outside.

Gary Lamont, co-founder and community growing lead at Foragers Farm said: “The group will be very relaxed. Gardening or just sitting and chatting in a natural environment is so powerful and is a very positive experience for people.”

Everyone can work at their own pace in the group and keen gardeners and absolute beginners are equally welcome. Each session also includes social time where members can chat over tea, coffee and biscuits.

Among the projects Gary is hoping to work on is a herb garden, an alpine area and then in the spring, growing edibles such as carrots and peas. “I’d like people to take ownership from the very beginning, so I’ll be asking them what they want to do,” he says. “If they just want to just come and sit, enjoy the garden and talk to people, that’s fine too.” 

Informal support network

“As well as a chance to get out in the open air, members benefit from the group atmosphere, an informal support network and a sense of belonging,” says Sarah Marriott, head of Alzheimer’s Support’s community services. “It’s a great opportunity for people to do something locally and help foster community spirit around the park.”

The group starts on 27th September and will initially run monthly, 10.30am-12.30pm, before becoming a fortnightly group in the spring. 

More information and book a place, or call to find out more call Sarah Marriott on 01380 739055 or email Sarah.