‘This is a great opportunity’

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A health worker in the Wakefield district will travel to the USA and Canada after winning a prestigious grant.

Richard Brown, a horticultural practitioner at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling fellowship.

Richard Brown, who works at the Horizon Centre – a learning disability service in Wakefield – will be heading to Ontario, Canada, and Chicago and Michigan in the USA for one month to explore the use of horticultural therapy as a medical treatment.

Richard said: “This is a great opportunity for me to further my knowledge of how horticulture is being used in different countries. The trust already uses horticultural therapy to support people’s care and we see every day the benefits this brings to people. I hope to able to use this trip to further the work across the organisation and in the communities we serve.”

Richard’s role uses gardening as therapy to improve physical and mental wellbeing.