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Allotment grows recovery wellbeing at New Beginnings

Balby based New Beginnings has celebrated the completion of its first allotment to support the physical and mental wellbeing of people in recovery from drug and/ or alcohol addiction.

New Beginnings which provides a specialist rehab and detox service for people experiencing substance misuse is using the allotment to promote a sense of purpose and foster strong bonds for its clients and service users.

The allotment which has been created from some spare land on the New Beginnings’ site on Marshall Avenue, Doncaster includes eight raised beds, a greenhouse and has taken seven months to complete.

Neil Firbank, Senior Day Programme Manager at New Beginnings, said: “The idea behind the allotment was to give our clients and service users something to focus on, to connect and be part of a group project. Having both a physical and positive mental wellbeing is important for people in recovery. Our clients have planned, designed and created something very special from a small piece of grassed land on our site. They’ve been growing potatoes, green beans, spinach, tomatoes, rhubarb and the pumpkins are ready to pick just in time for Halloween.”

All the produce grown on the allotment is used in the Cook and Eat sessions and sampled by clients, volunteers and staff.  The Cook and Eat sessions teach clients about the importance of eating fresh vegetables to keep healthy while also providing the opportunity to gain some cookery skills.

If you or someone you know is experiencing drug or alcohol issues and want to talk in confidence please visit, or ring 01302 730956.

Neil Firbank (centre) with clients, volunteers, staff and their family and friends visiting the allotment
Neil Firbank (centre) with clients, volunteers, staff and their family and friends visiting the allotment