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Carlisle therapy garden "a great success"

Part of the courtyard garden Credit: ITV News Border

The Carleton Clinic in Carlisle is opening its courtyard gardens for visitors to explore.

The clinic uses gardening as therapy for people with mental health issues, and visitors can now see the grounds and buy produce grown by patients.

The project, which has been running successfully for three years, is a joint venture between Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Carlisle and Eden Mind charity.

Laura White is an occupational therapist based at Carleton clinic. She said:

"The project has been a great success and aims to provide a therapeutic space for our service users to access.

"It encourages service users to take part in gardening, or simply use the space for relaxation.

"The project also supports service users to take part in community based horticultural programmes after they have been discharged from hospital to help sustain their recovery."