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Funding will help more people benefit from nature

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Local Cooperative ‘Shared Earth Learning’ has been funded by the Big Lottery.

SELco will use this money to expand the offer of taking part in its project ‘Horticulture through Forest School’ to anyone who needs it.

 The already successful course ’SELGrow’ is now entering its third year. After working predominantly with teenagers from local schools it became apparent that the need for outdoor activities for all ages is great in Frome and the co-op didn’t want anyone’s lack of funds to be an obstacle to them attending.

Co-director Alex Hart says, “The benefits of being outside and not only engaging with others, but with wildlife and nature are huge, and we’re really excited to be able to offer a day a week of activities such as gardening, foraging, whittling, cooking or simply being outdoors, to anyone who feels they would benefit from it. Training up local people also enables Frome to make better use of its green spaces and achieve better health outcomes”.

SELGrow; Horticulture through Forest School is currently run on a drop-in basis every Wednesday from 9.30 until 3pm at Vallis veg (an easy walk from the centre of Frome). The course is designed for teenagers who might be struggling at school and adults with any kind of additional need.  

SELGrow have all the facilities needed for a great day of activities or relaxation in a safe and friendly environment. If you, or anyone you know could benefit from joining in then please get in touch via email: sharedearthlearning@gmail.com. You can be sure of a warm welcome and a cup of tea.

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