Some information about our Allotment Project and therapeutic Garden
St. Luke’s Community Allotment project began in 2009. In 2011 we were awarded ‘Gold Certificate’ for Southend in Bloom best Community Space. In 2012 we were also awarded ‘Silver Certificate’ for Southend in Bloom best Community Space. The project has evolved over time since local people gathered together and discussed what this area needed to help make food growing fun for individuals, community groups and families including those people who wanted to grow their own fruit and vegetables but didn’t have gardens. For our volunteer workers the allotment has provided an opportunity to meet with people, reducing feelings of solation or exclusion.
It’s a relaxing, stress-free environment and we welcome everybody whether or not they have any experience of gardening. Our professional horticulturalist believes in the therapeutic and healing effects of gardening, working with plants and horticultural activities to help individuals develop better physical and mental health. Indeed, there is clear evidence to support how allotments positively affect people’s wellbeing.