Local charity hits national press!

  |  Published: Jun 25th 2015
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Lindengate, the Wendover-based charity that helps those with mental health needs through therapeutic horticulture, featured in the Mail on Sunday’s ‘You’ Magazine on 21st June 2015.
(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-3126212/Lindengate-Garden-founders-Si-n-Chattle-Charlie-Powell-two-women-reworked-wasteland-fertile-haven-people-troubledminds.html)

The two Co-Founders – Charlie Powell and Siân Chattle – tell their personal story of how Lindengate came about and the success they are having in using gardening, horticulture and nature with those dealing with mental health needs.

After the Mail on Sunday journalist’s initial visit the Editor was so impressed with the story she asked for a longer article!

Charlie Powell commented: “The article is a great recognition of all the hard work that has gone into establishing Lindengate by so many people – and in such a short time too!” She went on to say that
“Lindengate is a community that allows you to leave your diagnosis at the gate; it puts its arm around you”.

Siân Chattle added: “What’s really great about the article is the higher profile it gives Lindengate – so many more people who might benefit from our wonderful site will now know about us. As the whole garden develops it will provide nature’s therapy: butterflies, bees, birdsong, the scent of sweet peas and lavender”.

The Mail on Sunday’s article really does highlight just how much benefit people get from working with nature which really helps to re-build self-esteem and reduce social isolation.

The registered charity is based at The Old Allotment Site adjacent to the Wyevale garden centre in Wendover and it is the largest facility of this type in the area and can cater for up to 40 people per day.
Lindengate is strongly supported by local people and has over 80 volunteers helping to organise, maintain and develop the 5-acre site. Already the site has two 60’ commercial poly tunnels and has full welfare facilities and operates all year round.

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