A gardening group at Jubilee Allotment in Dunmow is helping people with dementia connect with their community.

The group, previously run by the Alzheimer's Society, is now run by Dementia Adventure - a charity committed to 'reshaping the conversation' around dementia.

Each session sees six volunteers help six people with dementia to maintain the two allotment plots.

Activities extend beyond gardening to include a game of bowls and light refreshments, with support tailored to each person's abilities.

The charity also emphasises the importance of respite for carers, encouraging them to take the time and do something for themselves.

Gardening and outdoor activities have been shown to have numerous benefits for mental health and wellbeing, giving people a sense of purpose and an opportunity for continuous learning and stimulation.

Muscle memory and reminisces can also be triggered through connecting with others who have a shared passion for the outdoors.


All produce grown on site is shared among the group's members.

A spokesperson for the group said: "This initiative brings individuals with dementia together in a natural setting, promoting socialisation, laughter, and a sense of achievement.

"Each session is a unique experience that underscores the positive impact of outdoor activities on mental health and well-being."