The Eco-Therapy Garden Pod represents Bloom Nature at BloomSpace
Once the land has been cultivated, the development of the Bloom Eco-Therapy gardens will begin.
Tranquil areas of vibrant colours and calming scents will thread through the landscape of flowers and trees, water gardens, and fruit and vegetable beds.
NOVICE GARDENERS AND SEASONED GARDENERS WELCOME!
We will be asking volunteers to join in the mission of planting, watering, nurturing, and preparing all of the growing areas, and for lots of people to contribute their own plants and seeds to the mix!
What is Eco-Therapy Gardening?
Eco-Therapy provide opportunities to join a fun nature activity, either with others, or as a solitary quiet time, in order to develop and cultivate a plot of land, into a thriving garden.
While learning about growing plants and food, and conservation for the environment, the fresh air, exercise, and act of re-connecting with the earth, all combine to have amazing effects on our mental health.
EVERYTHING IS IN BLOOM
Eco-therapy is being used effectively to improve mental health in adults, children and young people alike, and has shown added benefits in helping groups of military veterans, and young offenders, with rehabilitation and re-connection with their community.
People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, fatigue, respiratory conditions, and other long-term conditions, who have tried Eco-therapy, say it helps them to combat their symptoms, helping them feel more relaxed and/or more energised, with an overall improvement to their physical, and mental, well-being.
The mental health charity MIND are running some blooming Eco-therapy projects already. Their ‘EcoMinds Scheme’ is producing great garden environments across the UK.
You can search on their website for schemes near you at this link. ECOMINDS – http://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/ecotherapy/
COMING SOON: I will show-case some of the wonderful Eco-Therapy garden projects happening around the UK, as I discover them
BLOOM ECO- THERAPY POD
In helping us to build a solid foundation for the Bloom gardens in this way, the volunteers will find new ways to bloom in themselves, while contributing to an important sustainability project.
Not only will volunteers learn about gardening and landscaping, and food, they will be developing skills in confidence, problem-solving, planning, and communication, helping them to better connect with themselves, and with others. This project could be a useful stepping stone opportunity, for people looking to enter employment and/or further education. Perhaps their involvement in the project might lead to a paid position at Bloom!
GROWING AND ENRICHING FROM THE GRASS ROOTS IS WHAT BLOOM IS ALL ABOUT
Bloom will increase the bio-diversity and sustainability in the area by attracting natural habitats of birds, bee populations, and wildlife, as we develop the gardens, orchards, and growing areas.
Bloom will grow its own produce e,g. vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, to supply the Café Pod, by end of Year 1, and in time will create its own line of preserves, chutneys, pickles and juices.
All other food and drinks for the Bloom Café Pod and the Bloom Tea Room will be freshly prepared on site, sourced from local farmers and suppliers, minimising the ‘food miles’ carbon footprint.
Bloom is going to be constructed and organised in harmony with nature, using sustainable materials and building methods. Future-proofing solutions across the site will capture energy from the sun, including solar energy roof panels, and a ‘walipini’ (or underground greenhouse) which uses simple plastic sheeting to harness the sun’s power, instead of glass.
Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the ‘walipini’ (an Aymara Indian word for a “place of warmth”), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse.
First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.
Thanks to TreeHugger.com for the image and the description of a walipini. Their full description, and instructions on how to build one are found at this link: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html
SOON WE WILL BE ASKING YOU TO JOIN IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BLOOM ECO-THERAPY GARDENS!
We will be asking volunteers to join in the mission of planting, watering, nurturing, and preparing all of the growing areas, and for lots of people to contribute their own plants and seeds to the mix! In helping us to build a solid foundation for the Bloom gardens in this way, volunteers will not only find new ways to bloom in themselves, they will make a significant contribution to a sustainability project.
Novice gardeners and expert gardeners welcome!
100% OF ALL FUNDS DONATED ARE INVESTED INTO THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROJECT TO BUILD BLOOM – THE HEALTH SPA FOR THE MIND.