The Eco Health programme provides lasting and transformational effects on those suffering mental health issues. In our New Forest community and in conjunction with local agencies, the project provides essential social contact, training and support through gardening and conservation work at Avon Tyrrell.
On Wednesday 14th September the long anticipated opening of the Eco Health UK Youth Centenary Garden happened at Avon Tyrrell. Over the last few months the Eco Health team has transformed a small patch of waste land into a green and tranquil space, incorporating a knot garden, seating areas and seasonal planting. The garden opening spotlighted both the enthusiasm and commitment of our participants and also the generosity of the local businesses that donated materials, these included Mac Pennys Nurseries, B&Q at Castle Lane, Double H nurseries and Sun Life Financial. Around 30 people attended the opening, enjoying a barbeque and meeting up with both sponsors and former members of the Eco Health team. After short speeches from Louis Bonney and David Watts, the garden was officially opened when Roger Warren unveiled a magnificent routed sign, designed for the occasion by Debbie Baker.
If you are at Avon Tyrrell please do come and enjoy the garden, we hope that it will be used by staff and visitors alike and will only close the gate at the end of the day to deter the resident deer population!