Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Sidmouth couple aim to reduce isolation through gardening clubs

PUBLISHED: 06:55 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:50 07 July 2017

Pete and Tracey Scott are looking to run gardening groups to help those that are isolated in the community.

Pete and Tracey Scott are looking to run gardening groups to help those that are isolated in the community.

Archant

A husband and wife duo are preparing to launch a series of gardening clubs to reduce isolation in over-50s in Sidmouth.

Pete and Tracey Scott are using their backgrounds to improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of older people through the organisation Growing Together Devon.

The service offers garden maintenance and befriending opportunities by encouraging companionship over the gardens or a cup of tea and slice of cake.

Retired teacher Pete started the business in 2011 after qualifying with a degree in therapeutic horticulture and has been working with local primary schools and care homes on a number of projects.

The couple are rolling out the garden clubs and are asking for people to suggest groups they could work with at a drop-in session later this month.

Pete, 59, said: “The outcome we want is to alleviate social isolation through the garden clubs. You’re part of a group but you can be busy and the cakes are a big part of it.

“We are at the beginning of something that could be quite valuable and if we are successful we know we would be able to work for the next three years.”

Tracey, 56, added: “We are really encouraged by people seeing what we are trying to do.”

As part of their work the couple teamed up with fellow Glenisla Terrace residents to improve the flower beds in the Ham.

Anyone interested in finding out about gardening clubs can attend a drop-in session at Sidmouth Library on Wednesday, July 19, between 10am and noon.

For more information, contact Pete or Tracey by calling 01395 578018 or emailing growingtogetherdevon@icloud.com.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

17:16

The first Crime and Safety Roadshow took place in Sidmouth this week.

Read more
13:00

A concert featuring an orchestra made up of 70 members from across the South West will be held in aid of Sidmouth Hospiscare.

Read more
12:16

Thousands of pounds have been awarded to a new trailblazing help service.

Read more

A trapped toddler, who got locked in a car, helped firefighter with his own escape.

Read more

An event organiser who has helped to bring some of the country’s biggest authors to Sidmouth is stepping down after more than a decade in charge.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:19

Investing £262,000 in the swimming pools in Sidmouth, Exmouth and Honiton could cut energy bills by £60,000 a year, according to a report.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:04

Fundraisers got dotty and donned their Pudsey ears or all-yellow onesies to support the Children in Need appeal last week.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:20

Painted pebbles are bringing smiles to faces around Sidmouth after a mum brought a colourful initiative to the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:31

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning acrosss the South West today (Wednesday), with gusts of 65-to-70mph likely.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:23

Staff at Branscombe Primary School have been praised for their commitment to nurturing pupils development as part of a ‘good’ Ofsted report.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications