Garden centre’s support is growing

SCARBOROUGH, Whitby and Ryedale Mind has been picked as Dean’s Garden Centre’s chosen charity of the year.

Julie Nichol, chief executive officer at the charity, said, “We are absolutely delighted to team up with Deans this year. Together I think we can do a lot to raise awareness of mental health, in particular the positive effect that horticulture has on our mental well-being.

“Mental health is a really important cause, especially now when people are facing difficult financial times on top of all the other pressures we face in our day to day lives.”

Throughout the coming year, staff from Dean’s in Seamer Road will be arranging a series of fundraising events, including a treasure hunt, cricket match and Christmas open evening.

Mind has a few things planned too, including a parachute day for the adventurous on April 30 and their annual MindFest in October.

Mental ill health is usually caused by common life events such as bereavement, divorce, high levels of workplace stress, or the pressures that can build up through caring for a friend or loved one.

If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed by things that are happening in your life, please do contact the team at Mind on (01723) 588008, or by e-mail at

The charity is holding its next volunteer training programme in Pickering. Anyone interested should telephone 0845 603 4723 (local call rate) or send an email to the above address.

The course takes place over four half days on April 21 and 28 and May 5 and 12. Anyone who is unemployed will have their expenses covered.