Vyne garden is shooting up

THERE were some green-fingered gurus sprouting up at the Vyne Centre on Thursday.

Woking Mayor Anne Roberts got her hands dirty alongside 1st Knaphill Cub, Beaver and Scout Group on Thursday as part of a project to create a Knaphill-based community garden for dementia sufferers.

IN IT TOGETHER - Mayor Roberts helps Scouts, Cubs and Beavers in their efforts

IN IT TOGETHER – Mayor Roberts helps Scouts, Cubs and Beavers in their efforts

The scheme is part of Arts Partnership Surrey’s Vitamin G garden project, which aims to transform forgotten and underused open spaces across the county, in collaboration with community art organisation, Sculptit.

The project will create tranquil and relaxing gardens specifically suited to people with dementia. It will also help vulnerable older people by providing opportunities for social interaction, and will give access to the therapeutic benefits of art and gardening.

The rejuvenated space at the Vyne will complement a new Wellbeing Centre currently being constructed by Surrey County and Woking Borough Councils.

The centre will be a local hub of information and support services relating to memory loss, dementia and associated problems.

Mayor Roberts said: “Dementia is a devastating condition that affects many people across our local communities and the nation. With the help and support of 1st Knaphill Scout Group, this garden will create a peaceful space that dementia sufferers can visit and enjoy with friends and close family.”

Mayor Roberts also presented the Scout group with their Environmental Partnership Award badges, which they earned on the day after helping to plant rosemary, lavender and thyme shrubs.

The Vitamin G project welcomes the involvement of all community groups and individuals, and would like to hear from anyone interested in helping grow and maintain this vital garden.

Anyone interested in lending a hand should contact Louise Crane, Woking Borough Council’s Arts Development Officer, by emailing louise.crane@woking.gov.uk or by calling on 01483 743702.



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