Move More Project Growing with Forfar Open Garden!
Move More ANGUSalive is delighted to announce the launch of gardening activities at Forfar Open Garden as part of their programme to support people living with cancer to be active.
There will be a launch event on Thursday 19 May at 11am at the garden, and anyone with an interest is welcome. As well as hearing from the Open Garden staff about what activities can be enjoyed, there will also be a chance to find out more about the Move More programme and experience a Gentle Movement taster session in the beautiful surroundings.
Taking part in physical activity both before, during and after cancer treatment can play a huge part in enabling you to take back control. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression, and risks to heart health. This collaboration with Forfar Open Garden is part of an Angus wide programme called Move More ANGUSalive.
Working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, Move More offers a range of physical activity opportunities including circuit-based sessions, Gentle Movement, and walking. Linda Brown, Development Officer for Move More ANGUSalive said: “We’re really pleased and excited that staff at Forfar Open Garden have undertaken Macmillan training so that they can support people living with cancer to enjoy gardening activities”.
Joanne Adamson, Macmillan Partnership Manager said: “We are delighted to be able to expand the Move More programme with the introduction of gardening activities. Becoming more active after a cancer diagnosis can be daunting, however simply taking time to be outdoors is a great first step. The beautiful garden provides an ideal place to do that. We want to help people affected by cancer to live life as fully as they can and working with ANGUSalive to provide this programme of activities will hopefully ensure many people across the area do.”
Forfar Open Garden was established in 2015 for volunteers and visitors to enjoy spending time in a beautiful and peaceful place. It has flourished with health, well being and activities to bring the community together. Jen of Forfar Open Garden said, “We look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful garden for the Move More Launch. As a therapeutic space, we explore the health and wellbeing benefits gained by working in nature, alongside others. Come and do some gentle exercise on the lawn, take a walk around the garden, relax in the woodland and see if volunteering here might be right for you.''
The garden is wheelchair accessible and can offer activities to suit any fitness level. If you are living with cancer in Angus and would like to engage with people, plants and nature, you can call 01307 492 059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the gardening activities.