This great idea, where GP’s turn over outdoor space for community gardening so patients can grow their own could work in Croydon! Story and picture from The Guardian.
The Lambeth GP Food Co-operative was launched in 2013 at Brockwell Park surgery, south London. With £160,000 in funding from the clinical commissioning group (CCG) and Lambeth council, 11 GP surgeries across the borough have turned unused outdoor space into gardens for patients to grow fruit and vegetables. GPs and nurses refer patients who are lonely and socially isolated, have a long-term condition and/or have mental health problems.
The aim is to harness the physical and mental therapeutic benefits of gardening while growing more local produce.
Full story in The Guardian here:
If you are a Croydon GP or part of the CCG or would like to talk about this in Croydon, please get in touch. Garden Organic recruit and train Master Gardeners and Food Buddies in Croydon, who are volunteers who mentor and support borough residents to start growing their own food. Contact regional co-ordinator Liza Scholefield.