Alive has a community allotment in Brentry, North Bristol, where we offer supported gardening and socialising sessions for people living with dementia.

Alive allotments give you and your loved ones access to the therapeutic and social benefits of having an allotment without the pressure of day-to-day maintenance.

Alive has been running gardening sessions for older people and people with dementia for over ten years and has seen first-hand the positive impact gardening can have on a person’s mental and physical health.

While at the allotment, participants can do activities set out by one of our horticultural therapy experts or enjoy good company and being outside surrounded by nature and birdsong. Trained volunteers will be on hand to assist if required and to help create a welcoming atmosphere.

The allotment is fully accessible, has a social shed for shelter when the elements are against us and a compost loo. At the end of every session, there will be a chance to reflect on what we’ve achieved, make plans for future projects and, most importantly, drink tea!

How does it work?

Sessions run at the allotment every Monday and Tuesday afternoon from February to October. We are open one day a week during the colder months.

The Monday and Tuesday afternoon allotment sessions are open to anyone in the community living with dementia and their carers, relatives or care partners.

The group shares the fruit, vegetables and flowers we grow all year round. Surplus produce gets donated to local groups.

Cost

Sessions at the allotment are free. If people would like to contribute to the running costs of sessions at the allotment, they may do so here.

You may book a place on any of our sessions using the forms linked below.

You may book a place on any of our sessions using the form linked below.

Care Home Visits

Alive welcomes visits to our purpose-built, award-winning, dementia-friendly allotment from care homes.

Find out more about this here.

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Please call Guy on 07423719088 or email communitygardening@aliveactivities.org to find out more about the allotment.