An allotment scheme gets underway at Vale Community Hospital in October and will be open to cardiac and respiratory rehab groups as well as people recovering from illness.

Some of the allotments will also be used by the community as well, and the scheme will be managed by Dursley Town Council.

Participation in social activities such as this has been proven to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The idea is that patients can then go on to get a larger allotment if they like it.

Patients can access the scheme through their GP surgery.