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Lincoln Gardening Team Are Using Nature to Change Lives

Sage Gardener CIC:
Lincolnshire Community Interest Company are changing lives by hosting unique sensory days out with nature for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's.

Dave and Jane Newman, directors of Sage Gardener CIC, have created special experiences for people living with dementia to learn about, and interact with nature in their serene and friendly environment, just twenty minutes outside of Lincoln city centre. They believe that through being in touch with nature and investing time in the environment, those with dementia can create memories and share special moments with friends and family. These days happen on the last Wednesday of every month, however anyone can visit this traditional English garden by contacting Sage Gardener ahead of their visit via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sagegardenercic/ or their website: http://www.sagegardener.co.uk/.

Visitors to the gorgeous garden can expect to create habitats for bugs, learn about flowers in the garden and planting seeds to watch grow over time. This experience of investing time into nature is said to be hugely rewarding and satisfying for sufferers of dementia.

Started in 2015, Sage Gardener set out with one main goal; to teach people new skills in gardening, flowers, and rural crafts - 'enjoy the experience of nature and working outside to make you feel better' they say on their social media. As a result, they started to specialise in a support network offering people interesting and relaxing days out at one with nature.

Dave Newman, says 'there have been some really special moments that have happened in the past. I remember one occasion which always makes me feel a bit tearful, where one of the gentlemen who is living with dementia, took home some pea seeds and grew them. His daughter then contacted us to say what interest he'd taken in his garden which he hadn't had for a while. That sort of thing makes it worthwhile.'

Jane Newman offers handmade crafts and goods for sale such as gorgeous door hangers and hand tied bouquets; made with flowers from their garden. Quite rightly, Sage Gardener have generated real interest about what they do to support those with dementia and would like to encourage more people to get involved with what they do.

To support Sage Gardener CIC, arrange a visit to their site, or keep up to date with what they are doing, visit www.sagegardener.co.uk.

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