A Buckinghamshire environmental and mental health organisation that champions the benefits of learning and recovery through nature has been awarded £3,000 from the CLA Charitable Trust (CLACT).
The trust is funded almost entirely by subscriptions and donations from members of the CLA, an organisation which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses.
It provides grants to charities and community organisations who share its vision to help connect young people who are disabled or disadvantaged with the countryside and nature.
Located across a stunning six-acre wildlife garden in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, Lindengate promotes better health and wellbeing for all through nature.
Since 2014, Lindengate has transformed from a disused allotment site with 2-metre high nettles, to a unique six-acre secret garden with a nature reserve, ponds, heritage orchard, kitchen garden and sensory garden with sculptures and heritage-based art hidden across the site.
A spokesman for Lindengate said: “Lindengate are delighted to have been awarded £3,000 from the CLA Charitable Trust.
“This grant will enable us to continue to support our community through our Wellbeing Pathways programme, providing specialist group-led sessions, to build resilience and improve mental well-being, through seasonal nature-based activities.”
In 2021 Lindengate supported more than 3,000 people, aged from 12 to 95.
Bridget Biddell, Chairman of CLACT, said: “Thank you to Lindengate for the amazing work you do in supporting a huge number of people with mental and emotional health problems.
“The six-acre garden in the Chilterns is an oasis in providing nature-based solutions, aligning with green prescribing and working with the NHS. We are delighted to support this work.”