The Vale Community Hospital opened on the Littlecombe site in Dursley in 2011 at a cost of £10 million. Local volunteers have since raised considerable funds to pay for more equipment and increase the quality of care for patients. The garden and allotment development was planned by Amanda Godber of Down to Earth Stroud and local GP Dr Simon Opher for three years. Amanda says: ‘Linking health, nutritious food and physical activity by developing the unused land at the front of the hospital into a suite of allotments for local community groups and social prescribing is such a valuable project. We hope to work with local community groups and involve the community in the whole project.’ This is the first project of its kind in the UK.
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