- a cure for the blues
at the allotment - helping to fight off depression|
therapy - could going green banish the blues?
Father of two Robin Shelton
was suffering from depression, but discovered a cure for the blues by growing
He's also written a book all about it.
Inside Out meets
Robin in Twyford just outside Winchester in Hampshire.
Nature shows a knack of just getting on with life, something
mere homo sapiens can find inspirational, particularly when weve been struggling
For Robin Shelton, he stumbled by chance upon the therapy the
allotment could give, and also found inspiration to write a book which was then
"The first day I started digging, I started writing",
"I got to a point where with the allotment
and the book, if I'd stopped one the other would have suffered. They did sustain
each other to the point I thought, I cant stop."
the blues with the greens - Robert Shelton|
Much of the book
features advice on life and on gardening from Twyford old timers, Ted and Les.
Says Les, "We knew he was writing a book, he took the mickey out of
But it was all in very good humour, Robin Shelton called Les 'Ken'
in the book, and if you read 'Alloted Time' after seeing this film, it's not hard
to spot Les.
Dealing with depression
Robin speaks candidly in the
film about coming to terms with depression and a period in his life when, as his
younger son Dylan says, all he wanted to do was hide under a duvet.
allotment taught him how "things want to live, they want to survive".
"'I actually had depression
its almost like seeing life
through frosted glass
you can see on the other side and how you want to
behave but you cant," says Robin.
Dylan Shelton says, "the
allotment made him a little bit happier."
are 70,000 allotments working their magic across England, many with a waiting
list for plots.
Ted is the grandfather of the allotment.
has it, he's the best gardener in Twyford.
old school - Ted and Les with 'nature's Prozac'|
to Robin, which also appears as a theme in Robin's book, is ditch the pills, gardening
is nature's Prozac.
Robin thinks its about independence and regaining
control on a small part of life.
But he's not unaware of changes in his
"I still get periods of being unpleasantly unhappy
but its fewer and far between
its just the way I am, ignore
Nine-year-old Dylan seems to have it sussed, "What
Id like him to do now is keep on writing books... and growing plants and
flowers... 'cos I think thatll just keep on making him a happier man."
peas in june theres nothing better. Its a brilliant experience
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