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Growing Together mental health garden, Southend SS0

Location: UK » East of England » SS
Sector: Disability, Health

Funding has been cut for the Growing Together mental health project in Southend.

Growing Together, which is run by the Trust Links charity, is a garden that provides ‘horticultural therapy’ for up to 70 people with mental health problems.

The project has a variety of plots attended to by people with a variety of mental heath problems, such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. It also provide training for an NVQ in horticulture.

Southend Borough Council has cut its funding for the project by a third, from £15k to £10k. Funding from the NHS and National Lottery is also being reduced.

The project’s Maureen Frewin told the BBC that the “significant loss of funding” would would force the organisation to “restructure and slim down”, but that they were determined to keep the garden open.

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