The benefits of being outdoors and closer to nature have been highlighted during a special open day at allotments in North Lynn.

Live music, a barbecue, games, quizzes and a range of other activities were held today (Thursday) as well workshops and talks, as part of Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s Gardening 4 Health scheme.

And the charity is now throwing the doors open to the anyone in the community who thinks they may get a much-needed boost by popping down for a visit.

Previously people needed to be referred through the scheme before they could use the allotments.

Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s Zena Penty, volunteer manager, said: “The allotments are now open to anyone in the community who thinks being in the outdoors and closer to nature will benefit their mental wellbeing. 

“We have gardening and craft activities but people can just come and read a book in the meadow or enjoy the quiet, open space.”

The allotments, which are off Front Way, offer a host of activities as well as growing and cultivating fruit, vegetables and flowers.

There are also free practical activities and workshops, including crafts such as woodwork, knitting and crochet, as well as seasonal events such as pumpkin carving, scarecrow making and Easter egg hunts.

The allotments will be open from 10am to 2pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, email Mind via allotment@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk or telephone 07464 892149.