Welcome to the Derwent Green Gym!
Green Gyms are about healthy people and healthy places. Traditional gyms and sports centres don’t appeal to everyone, so the Green Gym offers a friendly alternative in an outdoor setting. Physical activities such as planting and harvesting get people fit, while the teamwork and sociability help to keep up motivation. Local nature benefits too, leading to healthier people and a healthier planet.
Derwent Green Gym
This project is currently situated on Little Chester Allotments Association site in the Derwent area of Derby and is open to the public at least three days a week. Controlled access is required to keep the site secure as it is shared with over 100 other allotment holders. Each session has at least one trained Green Gym Leader present and the project currently attracts around 35 volunteers a week who tend the organic vegetable plots, pond, tree nursery, orchard, and all other land workings. In addition, the project also has many special events and training courses throughout the year.
The Group is inclusive, everyone is welcome and given the opportunity to join in. The project has always engaged with adults who have minor support needs, often they have slight learning disabilities or mobility problems. The leaders take these into account when organising the practical tasks. Site developments such as the provision and maintenance of raised beds and wheelchair-friendly paths have meant that several wheelchair users regularly visit the site to carry out some work.
Health and Safety Policy on site adheres to BTCV’s latest procedures and all leaders undergo specific training courses in Health and Safety, leadership skills, risk assessment and equal opportunities.