A GROUNDBREAKING project to help people with dementia keep in touch with nature has proved such a success it is seeking more funding to carry on.

The Blakehill Farm group, set up by Alzheimer’s Support and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, saw members meeting regularly at the nature reserve near Cricklade to take part in farm activities and crafts as well as watch wildlife.

Retired farmer Ian Wiltshire, who has the condition said: "I feel so relaxed here. It is good to be out of doors with other people and helping to get the land back for future generations."

Fellow member Phil Britnell from Stratton St Margaret is a fan. "We are all in the same boat and we are there for each other, helping each other out. It’s been smashing,” he said.

His wife Kay added: "The environment is just gorgeous. It is a tonic just to come up here. I just wish it could carry on.”

Both charities are now looking for backing to run the three-month project again next year. Alzheimer's Support head of community services Sarah Marriott said: “People with dementia can become isolated and lose touch with skills but many, especially in younger age groups, are still very active and able to work with tools. This group gave people the chance to be out of doors, get involved in practical tasks like making bird boxes and enjoying nature in a social and supportive environment.”