Green Flag for green-fingered community group

Image of the Green Heath group holding their Green Flag award

A community project in Daventry which helps people improve their mental health through gardening has received a national award.

The Green Health at Daventry project holds regular sessions at the community garden at Daneholme Allotments, allowing people an opportunity to take part in horticulture projects in a safe, peaceful location.

Now it has been recognised by the Green Flag Awards, receiving a Community Award from the national scheme’s judges. 

In order to receive the honour, sites must demonstrate that they are safe, secure, well maintained and welcoming places with a commitment to environmental management, biodiversity, landscape and heritage and community involvement.

The community garden was established by Daventry District Council in 2002 with the aim of teaching schoolchildren where their food comes and to encourage healthy eating.

The Green Health at Daventry project was started in the garden in 2010. The aim is to help people with mental health issues and their carers meet, become more active, and to learn horticultural skills in a tranquil environment. Above all, it is an opportunity for people to make new friends.

The group receives instruction from Daventry Country Park Ranger and gardening expert Tony Newby. Green Health has group membership of the charity Rethink Mental Illness.

For more information please email greenhealthgroup@rethink.org or phone 07562 457968