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Growing in the Park for Well Being – Wollescote Park, Stourbridge

Wollescote-Park-Walled-GardenCome and join us Wednesdays from 10:00 to 1:00 in the beautiful Walled Garden at Stevens Park, Wollescote, Stourbridge

  • Learn new skills including growing food crops, caring for plants and how to design a garden
  • Enjoy the health benefits of just being outdoors and getting some (gentle) exercise in the fresh air
  • Watch the seasons change and enjoy the varied wildlife and birds that visit the site
  • Share the company of others as we develop our own part of this historic garden
  • Gain confidence from seeing your ideas become reality as our garden takes shape

Tools and equipment provided but you will need strong shoes or boots (no sandals or trainers please) and a coat. You might like to bring a packed lunch! Contact: Jill on 01384 442938 or jill.hogan@dudleymind.org.uk (Dudley Mind)

The new project is for adults who may be feeling stressed, anxious, ‘down’ or isolated and who feels they would benefit from some outdoor activity in the company of others. We welcome both experienced gardeners and those have never gardened before. We also offer the chance for people to take on supported allotments sites.

Ecotherapy-MindEco Therapy

Mind’s report, Feel Better Outside, Feel Better Inside, provides evidence that ecotherapy boosts self-esteem, improves physical health, reduces social isolation and helps people return to work. It can also benefit those at risk of developing mental health problems. http://goo.gl/NooSfr

We’ve decided to make a fruiting garden on part of the site, for us to use the crops and to encourage people using the park to visit and sample them. Our sessions are relaxed with a chance for people to learn as they garden if they wish or just to work at their own pace. The park is in a beautiful setting, accessible form main bus routes but very tranquil looking over the Clent Hills.

Beginners Course in Horticulture

Starting in June. This will cover the basics of gardening theory:

  • What grows where and why
  • Looking after plants, getting better crops
  • Identifying weeds and pests and dealing with them
  • Developing a personal garden calendar
  • Introduction to designing a garden
  • and much more …

Wollescote-Park-Collection-of-CeanothusThe walled garden at Wollescote Hall

The walled garden at Wollescote Hall used to be home to a National Plant collection of Ceanothus, a beautiful blue plant from California. As the plants have aged and died it’s not practical to replace them and Dudley Parks are looking for new ways for people to use the garden at the park.

We don’t have a set plan yet for what we will grow in our part of the garden. We could make a kitchen garden, a herb garden or we could make a restful space full of scented plants. Your ideas will make the garden!

5 Ways to Well-being in the garden

Take notice… You notice things like the changing seasons and how much better you feel after being outside
Give… It’s really rewarding , I’m part of a team and I get great satisfaction from seeing what we’ve achieved
Connect with others... In the garden I can mix with people at my own pace. I can work alone on a bad day or in a group when I feel more confident
Be active…. Gardening is relaxing and good physical exercise. I feel good afterwards and I’m definitely healthier than when I joined
Keep learning… I’ve learnt loads. The names of plants, identifying weeds, how to use tools safely and how to look after different plants

Directions

By car: From Stourbridge, follow signs to the railway station, pass under the bridge and turn right at the roundabout onto Chawn Hill. Then take second exit at the next roundabout onto Wollescote Road. The turning into the park is just after Wollescote Hall on the left.
By car: From Halesowen, the A458 Stourbridge Road. At the top of Windmill Hill, turn left onto Toys Lane. Keep on Oldnall Rd./Brook Holloway to Wollescote Rd. Entrance on the right, before the Hall.

By bus: 142 (Halesowen—Stourbridge) stops on Wollescote Road by the park. 276 Merry Hill—Stourbridge to top of Chawn Hill then walk up Wollescote Road to the park. 298/299 to the Queensway then walk along Walker Avenue to the park. We are in the Walled garden, to the left of the Hall, through the gate in the wall

We are in the Walled garden, to the left of the Hall, through the gate in the wall

Photos of the Park

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