Therapy garden takes root

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Plans to open a therapy garden in Forfar have been boosted by a £9000 grant from The National Lottery’s small grants scheme.

The Forfar Open Garden Scheme is aiming to develop a former market garden site on Lochside Road to provide a facility that will provide multiple benefits.

While exercise is known to be beneficial to well-being and health, the garden will also provide an opportunity for people to learn new skills and improve skills they already have.

It would also provide therapeutic support to people with health problems extending from psychological and psychiatric to physical health.

As well as the formation of a garden, the group’s proposals include provision of a building that could be used during spring, summer and autumn.

The grant is part of the Awards for All scheme’s latest £800,000 round of funding distributed to a variety of projects across Scotland.

An Awards for All spokesman said: “What is clear is that the smallest amount of funding can often make the biggest difference to people’s lives. All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All.”

Awards for All Scotland allocates grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities. It is a partnership by sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund.

Groups interested in applying for a grant can download an application form online at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland