Posted Monday April 01, 2019 by Melissa Reilly



On Monday 1 April 2019, Lanark Community Development Trust launched its new Dementia Friendly Gardening Group, ‘Flourish’, at Castlebank Horticultural Centre.

The group will be facilitated by Stuart Ritchie, the centre’s new Educational Gardener. Participants will be able to enjoy a range of gardening and nature themed activities either inside the Horticultural Centre, within the growing compound or within the wider area of Castlebank Park.

The group will run on the first Monday morning of the month, and is open to anyone living with dementia. Places are limited, so pre-registration is required.

Lanark Community Development Trust have worked closely with Alzheimer Scotland in creating the group, with staff and volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre undertaking ‘Dementia Friends’ training ahead of the group starting up.

The group has also been very generously supported by local home care provider, Home Instead. Alan Barr, Director/Owner of Home Instead commented “At Home Instead we work with many elderly clients who have Dementia, so by supporting the Dementia Friendly Gardening Club at Castlebank, we are not only helping a very worthwhile venture but also giving a little back to the elderly community within the Lanark area.”

Melissa Reilly, Lanark Community Development Trust Development Manager says, “We are delighted to be launching ‘Flourish’ at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. Awareness of the therapeutic benefit of gardening is gaining more and more prevalence every day, and the resources we have here at the Horticultural Centre are perfect for the local community to use. We’re very grateful to Home Instead and Alzheimer Scotland for supporting the group.”

To register to attend ‘Flourish’ please email info@lanarktrust.co.uk or call 01555 728 329 / 07538 387 378

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