Glossop community allotment

One of these is a community allotment in Glossop where residents come together to learn new skills, grow their own food and socialise.

Mick Owen, Chair of the social enterprise said:

“The allotment is an engine of wellbeing

“So, while it’s very much a place to grow fruit and vegetables, the regular volunteer sessions where local people can access the therapeutic benefits of horticulture also help to grow people.”

The allotment started in 2017 and has a constant stream of people benefit from spending time there.

Regular gardener, retired teacher Maeve Sweeney, said:

“My husband has had major problems with his health, increasingly so in the last couple of years, and I have struggled to find any space in my life to just ‘be’.

“When I heard about a place where I could weed a brassica bed or prick out spinach for a morning – and nothing else – I jumped at the chance to get involved. I come to the allotment to be myself and a visit always makes me feel that little bit better.”

To find out more, visit Be Well Glossop.