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From left to right: Sam Clifford, volunteer, Sarah Roseblade, Green Care Coordinator at Suffolk Mind

From left to right: Sam Clifford, volunteer, Sarah Roseblade, Green Care Coordinator at Suffolk Mind and Richard Steward, service user of Suffolk Mind. Picture: Lauren De Boise - Credit: Archant

Members of a Suffolk group aiming to use allotments to combat mental ill health have celebrated a successful year by cooking a festive meal in their shed.

Richard Steward, service user of Suffolk Mind. Picture: Lauren De Boise

Richard Steward, service user of Suffolk Mind. Picture: Lauren De Boise - Credit: Archant

The Suffolk Mind Greencare service held their annual event at the Bridge Street Allotments in Hadleigh to round off a year of community work - where members of the community meet to garden in a bid to improve their mental health.

As part of the mini-Christmas Day celebrations, the group cooked a classic fry-up with a twist - adding Brussels sprouts and mince pies to the mix.

The project is currently made up of four allotments in Hadleigh, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

Organiser Sarah Manton-Roseblade said: "Being on an allotment is a great way to meet your physical and emotional needs; people meet others and become part of a community, they achieve something new and it enables them to have some meaning and purpose in their life whilst gently increasing their activity levels also.

From left to right: Sarah Roseblade, Green Care Coordinator at Suffolk Mind, Richard Steward, servi

From left to right: Sarah Roseblade, Green Care Coordinator at Suffolk Mind, Richard Steward, service user of Suffolk Mind and Sam Clifford, volunteer. Picture: Lauren De Boise - Credit: Archant


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"It's great to come together to celebrate the Christmas season with nice food and a good chat."

Group member Richard Steward, who lives with anxiety, said: "The temptation is to shut yourself in your house, not see anybody. This encourages you to come out and meet people with similar diagnoses to yourself."

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