Allotment project grows healthier minds and bodies

GROWING STRONG: Allotment co-ordinator Miles Mahoney (left) and Ignite Project Manager Jamie Clarke with this autumn’s pumpkin harvest at BCHA’s allotment

Growing well-being to help people face life’s challenges is the aim of a free course on offer in October.

The Growth Project is organised by New Leaf Allotment, part of charitable housing association BCHA, and will be run at their allotment in Throop.

The project is open to anyone aged 19 or over who is unemployed or facing issues with mental health, learning difficulties or social isolation.

Participants will learn fruit and vegetable growing, plant propagation, wildlife conservation and mindfulness techniques, as well as apple pressing.

The six-week course aims to help participants become more active, healthier and better equipped to cope with life’s pressures. Travel expenses and lunch are provided.

Jamie Clarke, BCHA’s Ignite Project Manager who oversees the course, said: “The Growth Project is a great way for us to help improve people’s well-being.

“The course brings people together from different backgrounds and focuses on personal development and horticultural activities.

“We have had amazing feedback from previous participants and we’re looking forward to welcoming our next intake.”

The BCHA allotment was set up 11 years ago and since then has provided outdoor activities and formal qualifications, in the form of a Level 1 Horticulture course, to hundreds of people.

Allotment Co-ordinator Miles Mahoney runs the 2.2 acre allotment with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers, most of whom have been introduced to gardening via the courses on offer. All the fruit and vegetables grown on the allotment are shared between those who work to produce them.

The Growth Project course starts on October 3. For more information about taking part contact or telephone 01202 410500.



Picture caption: GROWING STRONG: Allotment co-ordinator Miles Mahoney (left) and Ignite project co-ordinator Jamie Clarke with this autumn’s pumpkin harvest at BCHA’s allotment


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BCHA: St Swithuns House
21 Christchurch Road
01202 410 500

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BCHA is a charity which has been helping homeless and vulnerable people for 50 years.
It has helped more than 10,000 people each year off the streets, out of abuse, over skills barriers, and on to independence

It offers people who need support in finding ‘a way forward’.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association was founded in 1968 by a number of local churches, to try to make a practical contribution to local housing problems.

Since then, BCHA has grown from strength to strength.

It is a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support and learning services for socially excluded people. Although based in Bournemouth, it currently delivers services across the south.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association Limited is a charitable registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority No. 18497R and with the Homes and Communities Agency No. LH0155.