Raising funds for the Vale Community Hospital Allotment Scheme

National Gardening Week takes place April 10th – 17th, run by the Royal Horticultural Society with the aim of getting people inspired by gardening. At Berry Blue we love gardening! We have our own farm in Cam where we grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for the café.

During National Gardening Week, we’ll have a display about the food we grow at our farm. But we’ll also be raising money for a fantastic community scheme in Dursley and Cam.

The Vale Community Hospital Allotment Scheme was launched in April 2016, with money raised to install raised bed allotment plots in the grounds of the hospital for community use. But more importantly they have been created to help people with a range of medical conditions, from mental health problems to cancer because gardening has been proven to be good for your health. The ‘Gardening on Prescription’ scheme allows people with various medical conditions that can be helped by gardening to get a signed prescription from their doctor which will give them a free allotment plot for a year.

Allotment scheme

Already this has helped many local people and has been such a success that all the plots are currently taken. Down to Earth, the not-for-profit organisation in the Stroud District that runs the scheme, has now raised initial funds to start building new plots and we are also fundraising for this cause.

During National Gardening Week we’ll have a display of information about this scheme (and the associated Gardening Club, which volunteers are welcome to join) in the café and a collection box for you to drop your change into.

We’ll also have a special cake on offer all week, which for every slice bought, we’ll donate 50p to the community scheme. So the more cake you eat, the more money we can raise!

If you’d like to find out more about the scheme visit Down to Earth website, or join the Vale Community Allotment Scheme Facebook page.

Categories: Food and drink


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