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Greenlinks at Monksdale Road

Greenlinks is a community support group offering people with mental and physical health issues the opportunity to engage in gardening activities linked to the five ways to wellbeing (connect, be active, take notice, learn and give), on a thriving allotment based at Monksdale Road in Bath. Members can get involved in all elements of planning, gardening and site maintenance or can simply come along and enjoy a cup of tea in one of the many tranquil seating areas.

In 2007, National Mind called for a new green agenda for mental health highlighting the growing evidence in support of an accessible, cost-effective and natural addition to existing treatment options, using ecotherapy interventions. Ecominds (a Big Lottery Fund supported open grant scheme) helped 12,071 people living with mental health problems to get involved in green activities to improve confidence, self-esteem, and their physical and mental health. These findings apply to our award winning allotment project, Greenlinks. 

Contact with nature and physical activity in a facilitated, structured and safe way have given vulnerable people therapeutic benefits. By increasing participation and awareness, our Greenlinks scheme has improved health and wellbeing for individuals, enabled resilience, helped build up an individual’s capacity to cope with life stresses, and helped people move from social isolation to a place of having connections and friends. Participants experience mood improvements after a single Greenlinks session.

People are encouraged and supported to develop and learn skills which help to improve wellbeing and potentially lead to volunteering and employment opportunities.

Activities from the allotment include open air cooking courses using home grown produce, allowing members the opportunity to sample the fruits of their labour!

landscape building and conservation skills, gardening and horticulture skills.

Here is what group members say:

I have got a lot more confident and feel less anxious since I started coming to Monksdale a few years ago

Some people go to church. I am not religious but I find this a very spiritual place

We always look forward to cooking what has been grown on site with Judith

We still come to the site even during the winter, light a little fire in the brazier and share a cup of tea together

The Group meets every Monday and Wednesday at Monskdale from 12:30 to 15:30

To find out more about Greenlinks at Monksdale please contact:

Carol Stone or Amanda Boston, Bath Mind, telephone 01225 316367

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Or please complete an online referral via the above link. We are happy to accept self referrals or referrals from a professional who may already be working with you.

Food for Thought at Greenlinks

Food for Thought will be cooking on bi-weekly Wednesdays at the Greenlinks allotment at Monksdale Road from 12pm.

(Commencing Wednesday 8th May). 

To find out more about Food for Thought click here.

Greenlinks at Ammerdown (The Potting Shed)

The Potting Shed is part of the Greenlinks Service, offering people with ongoing mental and physical health issues the opportunity to socialise and work together in a Victorian walled kitchen garden, growing produce and helping with site restoration and maintenance.

The group are active in the local community working to help reduce the stigma of mental health and have taken part in local community events selling crafts and promoting the Greenlinks Project.

Please note that due to the location you would need your own transport, or we could consider arranging community transport if there were enough people in need of this assistance.

To find out more about Greenlinks at Ammerdown please contact:

Carol Stone or Amanda Boston, Bath Mind, telephone 01225 316367           

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Or please complete an online referral via the above link. We are happy to accept self-referrals or referrals from a professional who may already be working with you.

Greenlinks at Alice Park Community Garden

Alice Park, BA1 7BL

Alice Park Community Garden is a welcoming, established accessible garden within Alice Park, Larkhall, managed by volunteers. There is a café nearby, public toilets and free parking. Greenlinks will be on site on Tuesday mornings 10.00-1.00, running an informal ‘drop-in’ gardening group for anyone wanting to get active, learn practical growing skills, socialise, build self-confidence and nurture their wellbeing. There are raised beds, a greenhouse, fruit trees, a seating area and pond. Keen gardeners are welcome but no prior experience is required: there will be a qualified horticulturalist to guide activities according to the weather and growing needs of the plants. There will also be practical opportunities to encourage wildlife, learn conservation and habitat management skills, seed saving and ‘planet-friendly’ gardening techniques throughout the year.

Participants are asked to give £2 per session to cover refreshments.

Greenlinks has joined the Community Garden’s Management Committee (part of Transition Larkhall) and is one of several voluntary sector organisations actively maintaining the gardens for public benefit.

The group meets every Tuesday 10am – 1pm.

To find out more about Greenlinks at Alice Park Community Garden please contact:

Carol stone, Bath Mind telephone 01225 316367

Email: [email protected]


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