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Unique therapy farm opens at Suffolk care home

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A therapy farm, believed to be the first of its kind attached to a care home, has opened near Woodbridge. The community therapy farm at Allonsfield House Nursing Home in Capmsea Ashe was officially opened on Saturday, June 25.

Allonsfield farm has a variety of native breeds and is growing fruit and vegetables for residents of the home.  

The project, which took less than 15 months, was overseen by farm manager Mason Worsfold-Gregg, who said: “Farm visits have always been popular with care home residents, but the idea of opening a farm in the grounds of a care home was something quite radical.

“The farm plays a huge role in terms of the wellbeing and mental health of our residents. 

"The sensory stimulation helps improve the overall mood of people, in particular those with dementia, while easing stress.

"It provides opportunities to reflect and recall old memories, particularly as some of the residents grew up farming.

“Meanwhile, our livestock are all playing their role in conserving their breeds and increasing their population numbers.

“Now we are open, we want to get the community involved and there will be plenty of opportunities for visits by schools and local groups.”

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Source: Eastern Daily Press

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