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Horticulture Therapy

THE FLOURISH PROGRAMME 

The recent lockdowns have taught many of us to love our gardens. We learnt that the garden relaxes us, connects us with nature and brings meaningful activity into our lives.  

Our gardens engage all of our senses, helping us to be mindful and to live in the moment. People with Dementia, can often only live in the moment and so the enrichment that a garden brings is the perfect way to bring a sense of fulfilment to that moment.

Our FLOURISH programme provides a person-centred approach to horticultural therapy, for many people living with dementia. The emphasis is on providing opportunities for social interaction and meaningful activity, whilst benefitting from the calming and restorative effects of natural surroundings. 

Regular garden-related and social activities take place at our Dementia-friendly garden spaces: the sensory area in the Public Gardens; the inner courtyard at the Community Centre and the Allotment (109) at the Wooteys / Spitalfields site.  The majority of our gardening takes place in raised beds and is easily accessible.  During cold or wet weather, we meet at the Allen Gallery, where we can continue to undertake a variety of garden-related activities whilst developing our garden scrapbooks / albums.

Dementia-friendly Alton Horticulture Therapy

Benefits of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH)

Spending time in the natural environment of a garden has been shown to have many beneficial and restorative effects.  A large body of evidence demonstrates a variety of benefits that include:

  • Psychological restoration
  • Increased general mental well-being
  • Improvement in dementia-related symptoms
  • Improved self-esteem, confidence and mood
  • Increased attentional capacity and cognition
  • Improved happiness, satisfaction and quality of life
  • Sense of peace, calm or relaxation
  • Feelings of safety and security
  • Increased social contact, inclusion and sense of belonging
  • Increase in meaningful activity and personal achievement
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved activity levels
  • Improved awareness - Multi-sensory engagement and associated joy
  • Increased verbal expression 

Information re SWALLOWS to follow - Sunday Gardening at the Sensory Gardens

Date Theme Activity

21st August 2022 - 1400 - 1600

Cornflower Blue 

21/08 - Music in the Bandstand

Wearing something cornflower blue/Cornflowers in art 

28th August 2022 - 1400 - 1600

TBC  

TBC 

4th Sept 2022 - 1400 - 1600

TBC 

 

TBC

10th Sept 2022 - 1400 - 1600

All Things Local event 

TBC  

11th Sept 2022 - 1400 - 1600

TBC

TBC  

18th Sept 2022 - 1400 - 1600

TBC 

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Activity Schedule for the Allotment - Tuesday Afternoons 1300 - 1530 - Call 07922 022321 to book a place

Date Theme Activities

16th August 2022

Picking some Fruit  & veg 

Picking some produce to share with Memory Lane Club 

23rd August 2022

Planting the Winter Veg

TBC

Mow the pathways and tidy the edges 

30th August 2022

TBC

TBC

Mow the pathways and tidy the edges 

6th Sept 2022

TBC  

TBC

Mow the pathways and tidy the edges  

13th Sept 2022

TBC

Mow the pathways and tidy the edges

TBC