GREEN fingered residents living with memory problems and dementia are being invited to a new gardening club.

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) in Newton Aycliffe, has launched its new 'Memory Garden' to help community members maintain physical activity and promote social interaction.

The new club is made possible by a large group of workers and volunteers who hope participants will benefit from plotting, digging and being in nature.

The 'Memory Garden' group offers indoor and chair based activities for those less able, to make the sessions easy and fun.

Sessions have launched thanks to funding from the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership – which is one of 14 area action partnerships set up by Durham County Council in 2009.

Alison Nicholson, gardening projects support officer at PCP said: “Coming from a career background of care, I have always enjoyed my role in enabling and supporting others.

"The 'Memory Garden' is a friendly and welcoming group. I am thrilled that we have already been able to introduce some of the ideas from participants in our sessions."

Organisers hope the 'Memory Garden' encourages socialising, teamwork and physical activity.

For more information and timings call 01325-321234.