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Cornwall gardening therapy scheme Peat under threat

Garden Image copyright PEAT
Image caption The project is hoping to find other ways to make it sustainable

A project to help people improve their quality of life through gardening could face closure when funding runs out.

The Peat Project (Plant, Eat and Teach) in Cornwall helps those with mental health and learning difficulties and recovering drug addicts.

This summer more than £100,000 of funding from the Big Lottery fund and Comic Relief will come to an end after three years.

About 35 people attend the project's site each week.

Project manager Anne Oxley said the project, near Penzance, had applied for funding from other organisations and was hoping to find ways to earn money and make it sustainable.

But she said there was little chance of carrying on if there was no new funding.

"It's making people feel better. They are not having to go to the doctors so often because the gardening and being in the fresh air and socialising helps them," she said.

Recovering drug addict Neil Flynn said: "We come here for different reasons but for everyone it's an important part of their life and everyone feels part of something. If it was to go we would all lose out."

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