Sheffield charity come third in national gardening competition

A Sheffield charity which supports adults suffering from mental health problems has come third in a national gardening competition.

SAGE, who are located in Burngreave, placed third in the Cultivation Street gardening competition, which is headed by celebrity gardener David Domoney.

The charity went two better in the regional stages of the competition, though, as their Greenfingers garden project was voted the best in the north of England by Domoney and his team of expert judges.

Charlotte Jackson, who is a marketing intern at SAGE, said: “It feels amazing to have been recognized on a national level.

“It is great that the charity is being recognized for the great impact that it has on the community we are in and the people that we are working with.”

 

SAGE, which stands for Support Arts Gardening Education, launched the Greenfingers project back in 2000 after a local GP surgery recognised that there wasn’t enough support for those suffering with mental health problems.

Greenfingers is a horticultural therapy project, which means it promotes gardening as a method of improving mental and physical well-being.

Ms. Jackson, said: “Projects like ours are immensely important for helping people who are suffering from mental health problems due to the stigma that surrounds mental health as an illness.”

At the charity’s allotment in Grimesthorpe, those seeking support can escape from their everyday problems by growing their own vegetables and flowers, cooking food for the group or simply have a chat with one of the charity’s many volunteers.

Besides gardening activities, SAGE also run other projects such as singing workshops and art and craft sessions.

On Word Mental Health Day today, the charity are hosting an event at Sheffield’s Moor Market, which offers people the opportunity to have a go at making crafts with dried flowers.

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