20 MAR 2012

Dr Dan pays visit to the 2 Fields Farm in Framsden

Dr Dan with Jeannie Buckingham at the 2 Fields Farm Project in FramsdenAs a doctor with several years of experience working in the NHS, Dan has always been aware of the importance an individual’s mental health has upon their broader physical wellbeing. Last week, he visited the 2 Fields Farm near Debenham, which is a growing project that will promote sustainable living and support more vulnerable local people in our communities by enabling them to carry out activities such as vegetable growing and caring for livestock within a structured routine. Jeannie Buckingham, who runs the 2 Fields Farm, spoke to Dan about her plans to develop the farm, which will include the rebuilding of a timber frame barn, fruit tree planting and the creation of a sustainable forest garden spread over 2 acres of woodland.

Care farms use agricultural and farm-related activities to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, such as those with mental health problems, to improve their health and wellbeing. Dan has written before about the need to deliver more community-focussed and integrated local healthcare services to look after our growing older population in Suffolk, and farms such as 2 Fields will have a vital role to play in working with GPs, hospitals and local adult Social Services to look after people with dementia and other mental health problems in their own communities in future.

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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....