New garden project starts

AN innovative gardening project aiming to help people with mental health issues begins in Sudbury today.

Educational charity Eastfeast – which specialises in developing gardening schemes in communities and schools – is set to launch its “growing ourselves through a plot of land” project at Sudbury Resource Centre.

The goal of the initiative is to engage people with mental health issues to help build their confidence and self-esteem by giving them the chance to learn gardening skills, such as growing vegetables and sowing seeds during weekly sessions.

Eastfeast director Yvonne Moores said: “The focus of this project will be to establish a new community garden at the centre, which will give the volunteers a real aim and an opportunity to develop a sense of achievement.

“In addition to the horticultural opportunities, we will also be offering support with CV writing and interview techniques.”

Sudbury Resource Centre, which is based on the Chilton Industrial Estate, supports up to 60 adults with learning disabilities and already has a horticultural department, which provides a range of gardening services to the community.

Centre manager Marion Corner said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Eastfeast on this exciting new project.”

The scheme will run from 10am to 2.30pm every Thursday.