A sunshine boost for mental health at Lindengate fair

Outdoor demonstration at Lindendate spring fair wk 17 bc
Outdoor demonstration at Lindendate spring fair wk 17 bc

Lindengate’s five-acre site in Wendover buzzed with excitement when the mental health charity held its inaugural spring fair in glorious sunshine.

Local bee and bat groups provided hands-on experiences for children of all ages as more than 300 visitors thronged the old allotment .

They were entertained with a variety of outdoor demonstrations including ploughing, a working forge, steam engines and wood carving.

The charity provides support through therapeutic gardening and horticultural activities for those with mental ill-health needs.

Conservative candidates David Lidlington for Aylesbury and Cheryl Gillan for Chesham and Amersham were invited to open the event.

Mr Lidlington said: “Lindengate is a perfect example of local passion, commitment and energy in bringing something together that’s needed in Buckinghamshire and which the statutory services simply can’t do.”

He added: “The benefits of working outdoors in a stimulating, caring and supportive environment are obvious for all to see.”

Ms Gillan said: “I’m really impressed with what’s been achieved in such a short space of time – I know from my past work in the mental health field just how much the service provided by Lindengate is needed.”

Lindengate, founded in 2013 by Charlie Powell and Sian Chattle, has more than 70 volunteers helping to organise, maintain and develop the site. It is the largest facility of its type in the area and can cater for up to 40 people a day.

> More details at www.lindengate.org.uk