The East Clare Mental Health Service provides a community support for individuals experiencing mental health challenges. The Service has a successful Gardening Group. This project will engage renowned garden designer and advocate of restorative engagement with nature, Mary Reynolds. Mary will consider the space and intended function and provide a design and advice regarding the optimum foliage, plants, etc to encourage the rewilding of the space adjoining the Centre. The Gardening Group will work to create a sanctuary for all native creatures that need it (including humans) to rest, recover and thrive. All work to date has had a biodiversity focus, always respectful of natural surrounding and uses the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan as a guide. Use of the garden is seen as therapeutic, welcoming and de-stigmatising by Service Users, their families, members of the public and visiting staff from the wider community.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.