From small plants, mightly gardens grow

11 April 2014

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Cllr Anne Roberts, the Mayor of Woking, got her hands dirty alongside 1st Knaphill Cubs Beavers and Scout Group, as part of a project to create a community garden for dementia sufferers at the Vyne Centre for the Community.

The garden is part of Arts Partnership Surrey's Vitamin G garden project, which aims to transform forgotten and underused open spaces across Surrey, in collaboration with community art organisation, Sculptit. The project will create tranquil and relaxing gardens specifically suited to people with dementia and the wider community.

The project will help vulnerable older people by providing opportunities for social interaction and will give access to the therapeutic benefits of art and gardening.

The garden at the Vyne will compliment a new Wellbeing Centre currently being constructed at the Centre by Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council. The Centre will be a local hub of information and support services relating to memory loss, dementia and associated problems.

Cllr Anne Roberts, Mayor of Woking, 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."

The Mayor also presented the Scout Group with their Environmental Partnership Award badges, which they will achieve on the day thanks to planting 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 should contact Louise Crane, Woking Borough Council's Arts Development Officer, on 01483 743702 or email louise.crane@woking.gov.uk