Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been baking at Plot 22, the local community allotment. It’s great to combine two things which have been very important to me in the last couple of years. The allotment and breadmaking have been very influential in my managing of depression and anxiety. Both offer the chance to be mindful and appreciative of the smaller things. Both allow me to be creative. Both have enabled me to get outside and talk to people and feel part of a community.

The sessions this, and last week, were for volunteers at Plot 22. People who work so hard to keep this allotment looking brilliant; and like me enjoy the peace and tranquility of sowing, digging and weeding. Using their brick wood-fired oven, we baked some great olive oil based breads; enjoying them with delicious salads made from produce from Plot 22. Funded by a Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Good Food Grant, we will be working with Plot 22 again in September, offering more baking for wellbeing sessions for different community groups.

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