New environmental scheme will improve spirits of vulnerable people

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After over indulging with rich food and too much sitting around watching festive television, there is a chance to focus on getting fit after Christmas.

An environmental charity is inviting vulnerable adults and people suffering from mental distress to join in with outdoor activities which should raise their spirits.

The first session takes place on Sunday, January 6 with tree planting on Haydon Hill.

Monique van Assouw, community project officer with The Conservation Volunteers charity, said: “Anyone interested should call me on 07801 686027.

The first event will take place in conjunction with the Biodiversity Team from Aylesbury Vale District Council and Haydon Hill Residents Association.

After that conservation activities, which will include bulb planting, litter picking and making bird boxes, will take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Miss van Assouw, who will lead each project, said there are places for up to 15 people. “If they normally have a support worker, then they will have to come along, too. I hope they will learn something new and have a good time. A similar project is run in Milton Keynes and surveys prove that the spirits of those who take part are lifted when they work outside in the fresh air.”

All sessions will take place in and around Aylesbury and are free of charge. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.

Funding for the project has come from the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation and the Community Chest.