A DEMENTIA support group based in Flintshire is set to begin new monthly gardening sessions this weekend.

Beginning this Saturday (August 3rd), the ‘Forget Me Not’ gardening group will provide dementia sufferers with versatile outdoor spaces to enjoy local wildlife and participate in activities such as planting and digging.

The gatherings will be held from 2.00 to 4.00pm on the first Saturday of each month at Alyn Bank Farm in Mold, with family members and carers of dementia sufferers also welcome.

It is hoped that the monthly two-hour sessions will help allow those in attendance the chance to relax by enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the outdoors.

Maria Woodward, organiser of the Forget Me Not gardening group sessions, said: “I want this dementia-friendly event to be a chance for local people to have a go at doing functional skills in the garden.

“There aren’t many dementia groups which encourage others to go along. But at these sessions, people will get the chance to do things with their families or their carers.

“I’m hoping that people who usually study or work in the week will be able to accompany people they may know who suffer from dementia to our Saturday sessions.”

Each monthly Forget Me Not gardening group session will cost £7.50 for a person with dementia, but that fee also allows one other person to attend free of charge.

The fee will go towards the refreshments that will be provided for everyone, the use of plants, and the tools that will be used.

Anyone who wishes to sign up to the dementia-friendly gatherings can do so by emailing forgetmenot.mold@gmail.com.