Group plot a happy summer

AN ACTIVE group for people with dementia has unveiled its latest green-fingered initiative – a community allotment and garden.

Based at the Jubilee allotments the patch is a place for members of Great Dunmow’s older generation to enjoy the satisfaction of ‘growing your own’.

The project, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, is also a place for friends to socialise and a great way to meet new people.

Society support worker Georgina Salmon said: “The grand opening was a chance to show what kind of services the Alzheimer’s Society provides, and help break down some of the traditional stereotypes and stigmas associated with dementia.”

Work began in February after raised plots were put in place by Dunmow Town Council. Since then the group has been meeting every Friday morning.

Members were involved at every stage of the construction, from deciding what to grow, sowing and watering, to picking the produce.

“They are mainly local people affected by dementia, though carers are also welcome to join,” said Miss Salmon.

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“It is fun, active and social, and members always say how much they enjoy coming. Lately everyone has gone home with takeaway lettuce, onions and spinach for their tea.”

She added: “We may have wonky rows and labels that don’t always match the crop, but the end result is great enjoyment and a sense of achievement.”

The group thanked the council for providing the plot and mayor Wendy Barron for officially opening the project. Special recognition was made of businesswoman Emma Muir whose fundraising efforts has enabled the group to develop.

- On Saturday the group also got first prize for their potatoes and five other second prizes for different vegetables at the Dunmow horticulture show at Foakes Hall.

For more details on the services provided locally please contact 01371 872519.

Dementia support workers also provide support on a more individual basis to families in Uttlesford.

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