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Fertile Imaginations: an inner city allotment group

  • Joanna Seller (a1), Jon Fieldhouse (a1) and Michael Phelan (a1)
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Engaging people with mental illness in horticultural activities is nothing new. Asylums encouraged patients to work on farms, in orchards and in kitchen gardens. This activity gradually became distilled, formalised and applied clinically as ‘moral treatment’, out of which occupational therapy evolved (Paterson, 1997). ‘Fertile Imaginations' is an attempt to offer horticultural activities to people with mental illness, within the framework of an inner city community mental health team (CMHT) and to ensure that the activities that engaged and benefited patients in the past, are not now denied.

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Fertile Imaginations: an inner city allotment group

  • Joanna Seller (a1), Jon Fieldhouse (a1) and Michael Phelan (a1)
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