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HEAL: Health Environment and Allotments

Do you live in Middlesbrough? Would you like to become more active and improve your health? 

Groundwork NE & Cumbria's Health, Exercise and Allotments (HEAL) runs every Tuesday afternoon, inviting residents of Middlesbrough to get involved in weekly supported environmental activities run from the new Jellystone Community Education Resource Centre off Eden Road in Grove Hill.

The sessions are targeting individuals that are looking to:

  • Increase their physical activity levels
  • Improvde their understanding of the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity
  • Start or increase healthy eating
  • Learn how to grow fruit and vegetables cheaply
  • Increase their self-esteem and confidence
  • Start doing some light outdoos exercise
  • Get an opportunity for social interaction

The HEAL project is free to join, and no previous growing experience or knowledge is required as all training will be provided on site.

Sessions include: how to grow your own fruit and vegetables - site preparation, basic maintenance, how to harvest and preserve your produce, wild food and foraging skills, fun outdoor exercise sessions, guided walks around local parks and family fun sessions during school holidays.


Meet new people and getting more connected with your local community. Explore and improve your health through gardening, exercise, learning and friendship at zero cost and in a fun way.

How to get involved

Regular participation can help to create a positive weekly routine, enables the development of new skills and can help to prepare some people to progress to other volunteering opportunities or paid work.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved, please contact Laura Henry at Groundwork NE & Cumbria on 01642 815663 or