The gardening4health directory

It is hoped that this list becomes a directory of all the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture activities and organisations operating in the UK.

There has been a huge growth in this area and I am very aware that the landscape is changing all the time, however, I hope I will be able to maintain it as a comprehensive and up to date list for people to use.

This obviously relies on the army of staff, volunteers and members of the public out there letting me know of services that are not included, have changed, relocated or that have ceased to exist so that I can keep it up to date for others. To do this, please use the form on the contact page.

As the curator of the directory, I obviously cannot be held responsible for the organisations themselves. I am simply trying to publicise their existence.

Scroll on the map to zoom in on your region and see what’s available. Alternatively, use the list below – Alphabetically – Country by Country and County by County:

Organisations working across the UK

Gardening for Disabled Trust

Gardening for Disabled Trust aims to help people back into gardening in spite of disability. Grants available to people with all kinds of mental and physical challenges so that they can adapt their gardens and make gardening possible, enhancing their well-being and help them defy their disability. Based in Kent, they award grants to individuals and groups across the UK.

P.O. Box 285, Tunbridge Wells TN2 9JD

https://www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk/

The Green Gym

Multiple local Green Gyms operate across the whole of the UK. Too many to list here. Volunteer in local projects, planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds. The website has a good “Find a Green Gym near me” function

https://www.tcv.org.uk/

Incredible Edibles Network

Our vision is to create kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food.

Community is at the very heart of Incredible Edible’s work and our growing patches are edible attractions to get people talking. From its inception, Incredible Edible sought to show how ordinary people can transform their own landscapes and turned disused plots into abundant sources of healthy food.

Working with whoever is willing, we create powerful connections through food, which lead people to believe that when we act together each of us is stronger for it.

https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/

Perennial

Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping anyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Perennial provides free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. This help extends to spouses, partners and children.

Perennial 115 – 117 Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7SU

https://perennial.org.uk/

Social Farms and Gardens

Social Farms & Gardens is a UK wide charity supporting communities to farm, garden and grow together.

Our vision – people and communities reaching their full potential through nature-based activities as a part of everyday life.
Our mission – to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and the environment through nature-based activities. 

https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/

Tribe

Tribe is a smartphone application that allows you to access voluntary and paid support opportunities in your area. It makes impactful work accessible and takes just a few minutes to sign up and start making a difference in your community.

https://tribeproject.org/

University of the Third Age

Each u3a is different and has the groups wanted by its members. Anyone can start a group! Most u3as will have some sort of gardening group. Often local groups do garden visits as well.

The Third Age Trust 156 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8EN

https://www.u3a.org.uk/

Veterans’ Growth

Veterans’ Growth is a charity dedicated to helping ex-service personnel who are suffering from mental heath issues. They offer Horticultural Therapy and support. The programme is based in East Sussex but available to anyone from around the UK.

https://veteransgrowth.org/


ENGLAND

Avon

Ashley Vale Community Garden

Ashley Vale Action Group (AVAG) is a not for profit community action group that was formed in 2000 by residents of the Ashley Vale area of Bristol who were concerned about the corporate redevelopment of land (a former scaffolding yard) in the area. A core group of residents formed AVAG as a non-profit making company to purchase and re-develop the site as a community self build project. We achieved planning permission to create a mixed use development, combining affordable housing over 3 phases as well as work and leisure space. Our passionate slogan from the start was Building a Community.

Just over a decade later, in 2011, our project (The Yard) was finally fully complete. Now over 41 homes have been self built or self finished and a community of over 100 residents is thriving.

228 Mina Rd, Bristol BS2 9YP

http://www.wildgoosespace.org.uk/

Bedfordshire

Incredible Edible – Dunstable

We are a group of neighbours who have come together to cultivate a piece of public land owned by Central Beds Highways.

https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/find-a-group/dunstable/

https://www.facebook.com/Incredible-Edible-Dunstable-246156608855949/?ref=page_internal

Toddington Community Garden

Toddington Community Garden began in March 2015 and is part of the Incredible Edible Network of gardens throughout the UK. We grow organic vegetables, fruit and herbs which are all free for the community to harvest. The garden is run by a group of volunteers of all ages and virtually everything has been donated by the community. We are always looking for more helpers so get in touch if you are interested! We aim to provide free, healthy food and a lovely garden to work or relax in. It’s a great place to make new friends in the village – come along to one of our “working” mornings or afternoons!

High St, Toddington LU5 6BY

https://www.facebook.com/toddingtoncommunitygarden/

Berkshire

Five a Day

Community project providing horticultural therapy and education and volunteering opportunities to all sectors of the community.

Five a Day Market Garden, The Street, Englefield, Theale, RG7 5EL

https://fiveaday.org.uk/

Jeallott’s Hill Community Landshare

Multi purpose 6 acre site enjoyed and developed by volunteers with diverse abilities and backgrounds for horticultural activities.

Wellers Lane at jct of Penfurzen Lane, Warfield, RG42 6BQ

https://www.facebook.com/JealottsHillCommunityLandshare/

Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network

A network of local providers delivering Green Care and nature-based interventions to people with a wide range of needs in and around Reading

https://www.facebook.com/RGfHWN/?ref=page_internal

Thrive Reading

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Programmes.

The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2AT

https://www.thrive.org.uk/how-we-help/regional-centres-and-programmes/reading

Buckinghamshire

Lindengate

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for people with mental health problems to aid them on their road to recovery.

The Old Allotment site, next to Dobbies Garden Centre, Aylesbury Road, Wendover, Buckinghamshire HP22 6BD

https://lindengate.org.uk/

Wycombe MIND

Supporting & empowering people with severe & enduring mental health problems. Includes day centre & various activities including some gardening.

16-18 Easton St, High Wycombe HP11 1NR

https://wycombemind.org.uk/

Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Growing Spaces

Cambridge Growing Spaces is a Transition Cambridge project. The project aims to reclaim unloved and underused public spaces around the city of Cambridge and transform them using edible landscaping. If you have ideas on edible landscaping in Cambridge, UK, know of a space that needs care, or would like to help plant or plan, contact us or keep your eyes open for Growing Spaces meetings on the Transition Events listings or sign up for the Transition Bulletin.

http://www.cambridge.growingspaces.org/about/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CambridgeGrowingSpaces/

Challis Trust

The Trust looks after a 2-acre garden and a house, gifted to Sawston village in 2006, managed and maintained by a large group of volunteers. We are always pleased to welcome and support new team members. The Victorian house holds the village history archives and other artefacts, set up in permanent displays and in temporary exhibitions. The Garden itself is in a very peaceful setting in the centre of the village and contains ornamental borders, a summer wildflower meadow, a winter walk, mature trees, lawns, a pond, an orchard, a vine house, raised vegetable beds, soft fruits and beehives. The very friendly team of volunteer gardeners meets three mornings a week during which time the Garden is open to visitors. In addition to the regular opening times, the Trust holds several events each year, including two free children’s events, an Anniversary Fete, NGS Open Gardens and a Horticultural Show. This is a wonderful place to meet up with friends and family, or just to sit and relax in a natural environment. A number of local groups and clubs meet regularly in the Garden, including several supporting adults and children with mental and physical health issues. The Garden can be booked for groups to use out of normal opening times for classes, practical sessions or get-togethers. http://www.challistrust.org.uk Facebook @challisgarden Email: chair@challistrust.org.uk

68 High Street, Sawston, CB22 3BG

http://challistrust.org.uk/

Loves Farm Community Garden

Incredible Edible Love’s Farm is a community gardening project growing food to share.

We grow organically, we share enthusiastically! Whatever your skills/ interests:- gardening, advertising on social media, fundraising, landscaping, coordinating projects – DIY- building a stronger local/ organic food community – You are NEEDED! Help us give shape to our project and make it yours.

Loves Farm, St Neots PE19 6SL

https://www.ourlovesfarm.co.uk/

https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/find-a-group/loves-farm-community-garden/

https://www.facebook.com/incredibleediblelovesfarm/

Nightingale Garden

Community gardening led by volunteers who have no particular training in either community development, horticulture, therapeutic projects. We learn alongside other volunteers and try to keep what we do safe for everyone.

Nightingale Park, Nightingale Avenue, Cambridge CB1 8SQ

http://www.nightingalegarden.org.uk/gardening/

Cheshire

The Wonky Garden

We are based in Halton. Our gardens support all ages and abilities with engaging nature based activities with wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. Our gardens are filled with abundant beautiful flowers and kitchen produce for all to enjoy.

In close partnership with volunteers, we will enable the design, creation and nurturing of vibrant community spaces, and school gardens, with an abundance of flowers, fruit and vegetables together with sensory areas for relaxation. The aim is not perfection but more about; bringing together different generations of volunteers to engage in their surroundings and develop a closer community, preventing social isolation and combating loneliness, sharing knowledge and expertise, enriching school curriculum themes (including science, maths, geography, art, languages), improving physical health and mental wellbeing, building life skills (confidence, teamwork, communication), and having fun and… 

….together creating ‘The Wonky Garden’, making green spaces special places.

Halton, Runcorn, Cheshire WA4

http://thewonkygarden.co.uk/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/thewonkygarden/

Cornwall

Camel Community Supported Agriculture

We’re a not-for-profit community-run local food scheme near Wadebridge in north Cornwall. We grow vegetables to organic principles using no-dig and agroecological farming methods. Camel CSA is a community interest company, so any profits are ploughed back into the project. Members of our subscription scheme get a share in the produce, have an equal say in how we’re organised and are invited to take part in our voluntary activities. Some do, some don’t; it’s not compulsory!

Our elected volunteer core management group deal with the day-to-day administration. Paid expert growers work with our volunteer growing team to produce the vegetables. The volunteer picking and packing team work alongside the growers to share out the weekly harvest and prepare the vegetable boxes.

Treraven Farm, Treraven Lane, Wadebridge PL27 7JZ.

http://camel-csa.org.uk/

The Eden Project

Our social and therapeutic horticulture project uses growing and gardening to support individuals who are living with anxiety or depression to help them make positive changes in their lives.

Vounder Garden, an area in Eden’s outer estate, provides a safe, friendly environment where people can connect with nature and try out something different and learn new things – no experience necessary!

Run by a therapeutic horticulturalist, the project helps individuals living with anxiety or depression to establish a personal plan to explore what they can achieve from their time in the garden.

The Eden Project, Par, St Austell, PL24 2SG

https://www.edenproject.com/eden-story/our-ethos/social-prescribing-at-the-eden-project/therapeutic-horticulture-programme

One for All Community Garden

A Community garden planted on a disused playground between two housing estates. Many of the residences have no gardens. Community Raised beds and a kids gardeners club.

Community Hub, 111 Kinsman Estate, Bodmin PL31 1PQ

https://oneforallcommunitygarden.weebly.com/

PEaT Project – Plant Eat and Teach

A garden project working with the whole community, including disadvantaged and marginalised people. We grow vegetables, fruit and flowers. We also run training and courses in Cooking, nutrition and crafts.

Growing Links, Possers Lane, Gulval TR18 3BU

Phone: 07979 120909

The Potager Garden

Potager has emerged from the bramble choked wilderness of an abandoned plant nursery and is now a relaxing and beautiful haven to rest a while, learning, eating, meeting friends or just relaxing. We look after the garden with the help of friends and volunteers, maintaining the ornamental garden, growing vegetables for the café, landscaping and planting new areas. In collaboration with the Sensory Trust, there is a fortnightly dementia friendly gardening group that runs at Potager. 

Potager Garden, High Cross, Constantine, Falmouth, TR11 5RF

https://www.potagergarden.org/

Pop Gardens

PoP Gardens has been set up by Lynne Evans who wanted to combine her expertise in Occupational Therapy with her passion for the practical benefits of gardening to support wellbeing and recovery. Providing specialised training for health professionals in horticultural therapy, carefully prepared activity boxes to support therapy work in the garden, and delivering group horticultural therapy sessions.

POP Gardens, Kempthorne House, 4 St Peter’s Hill, Flushing, TR11 5TP

https://popgardens.co.uk/

South Kerrier Alliance CIC

South Kerrier Alliance Community Interest Company (SKA) is a social enterprise, formed by local volunteers, to address the needs and aspirations of the community of South Kerrier: Helston and its surrounding parishes. Projects have included a Wild flower garden in a public park, and a community vegetable garden.

Helston, TR13 0SR

https://www.facebook.com/SouthkerrierallianceCIC/?ref=page_internal

St Ives Community Orchard

St Ives Community Orchard and Wildlife Reserve is 30 acres of beautiful green space overlooking St Ives.
A wildlife haven encouraging biodiversity as well as a place where people can come together to work, learn, play, relax & enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Since 2015 volunteers have transformed a piece of unused land that was covered in mostly brambles & bracken into an abundant, diverse Orchard & edible forest garden with 100’s of fruit & nut trees as well as fruiting bushes of many unusual varieties, wildflowers, wild grasses, medicinal plants, perennial vegetables and many woodland trees creating shelter.

It has a large open area to relax & have community events, a living willow dome, veg garden, pizza oven, bonfire space and an apiary with unusual bee-hives. There are pathways from the orchard leading through old lichen-covered woodland to a wildlife reserve on the hillside above, where over 1000 native trees have been planted. At the top of the hill there is heathland with granite tors & 360 degree views of the ocean and the moors.

Penbeagle Ln, Saint Ives TR26 2HS

https://www.stivesorchard.co.uk/

County Durham

Pioneering Care Partnership

The PCP garden is a vital tool in the health, wellbeing and personal development in everyone that uses it and with the help and support of local companies gives us a fantastic space that we can all use for a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Together 21 (which supports children with Down syndrome) and a local nursery school regularly use the garden as part of their learning and development projects.

Our regular group of gardeners meet Monday’s and Wednesday’s 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, these sessions are free and no booking is required. You can discover the health benefits of gardening. Learn about and take part in flower and wildlife gardening and growing your own vegetables.Our community garden is supported by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers of all ages. All equipment is provided and the gardeners get to take home what they grow. Any surplus is used to supply the Kitchen Garden our onsite Coffee Shop or is sold to generate an income for new equipment/materials.

Pioneering Care Centre, Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4SF

https://www.pcp.uk.net/community-garden-and-allotments

Saint Cuthbert’s Hospice

5 acres of mature gardens surround this CQC outstanding-rated Hospice. In development since 1988, the gardens are cared for by volunteers. Includes a Victorian-style greenhouse and large vegetable, fruit and cut flower area. Lawns surround smaller scale specialist planting, and areas for patients and visitors to relax. Woodland area with walks, sensory garden, and an ‘In Memory’ garden with stream.

Park House Rd, Durham DH1 3QF

https://www.stcuthbertshospice.com/

Ushaw Moor Action Group – Community Garden

The Community Garden provides a great space for the community to enjoy and use. It provides a place for many people to use daily from school children passing through on the way to School or back home and those who go to relax or even exercise there.

The Community Garden has been open for 5 years and is an established part of our village despite a few folks not having visited yet. So please visit and spread the word to family and friends. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Community Garden and to use their horticultural skills or simply grow some flowers and vegetables for family and friends. Events we held in the past have attracted over 200 people.

The Deerness Shed in the Community Garden, which is supported by Durham County Council, is a dedicated place for men of all ages to meet up in a safe, friendly group to chat, plan activities, trips, improve the environment and get active.

The Hut, 21 Chestnut Grove, Ushaw Moor, DH7 7LJ

https://umag.org.uk/the-community-garden/

Cumbria

Garden of Eden

Part of PACT – Penrith Actioon for Community Transition. We have joint gardening projects including ways to encourage home growing and healthy eating. We also garden in the raised beds and peace garden and around town.

Anyone is welcome to join in and help to make our town look even better. Also a chance to grow fruit and veg and be supported by folks who know how to do it!

PACT, 3 Sand Croft, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8BB

https://www.penrithact.org.uk/garden-eden

Grow Well

Grow Well aims to give people the opportunity to take part in gardening and meet others regularly. Everyone is welcome.We meet in our community garden in Vulcan Park every Thursday 10-12 noon.

14 Park Ln, Workington CA14 2QA

https://www.facebook.com/growwellwestcumbria/?ref=page_internal

Growing well

Growing Well is a farm-based Mental Health charity near Kendal. We provide a safe supportive working environment to nurture mental health recovery. We work with people on a weekly basis, sometime over years, to help rebuild a sense of purpose, to engage in meaningful and fulfilling activity and to build hope for the future.

When people leave us, they have learnt the skills to manage their mental health, reduce their reliance on health services, but know how to access help if they need it. 

Low Sizergh Farm, Kendal, LA8 8AE

https://www.growingwell.co.uk/

Derbyshire

Inspire Community Garden

Volunteering, Community space for hire, Wildlife area.

Former Westfield Allotments Site, Ashgate Road, S40 4AE

http://www.inspirecommunitygarden.org.uk/

Newbold Surgery

The surgery would like to become more involved with our local community and would like to suggest that the green space around the surgery building be used as a community allotment and garden. The allotment could be used by local people for local people. It has been suggested that any fresh produce grown could be ‘sold’ by means of an honesty box and the funds raised put back into the project.

3 Windermere Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8DU

https://www.newboldsurgery.co.uk/info.aspx?p=19

Treetops Hospice Care

The 12 acre site began as a Spring garden over 12 years ago following an appeal for daffodil bulbs. A team of 10 volunteers help to create all-year round colour with woodland planting, herbaceous/perennial borders, rose garden, wildlife meadow and pond and small fruit orchard. Raised wheelchair walkways allow access through some woodland areas with a circular walk along bark chipped paths.

Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Rd, Risley, Derby DE72 3SS

https://www.treetopshospice.org.uk/

Devon

Bovey Community Garden

The Community Garden is open to everyone in the local area to come and grow their own fruit and vegetables, share knowledge and learn new skills.

The Community Garden, Parke, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9JQ

https://www.boveycommunitygarden.org.uk/

Farms for City Children

Farms for City Children aims to encourage learning, to raise self-esteem, and to enrich young lives by providing a safe and welcoming setting where children and their teachers together get involved for a whole week in the working life of a real farm with real farmers.

The main objectives underpinning our aims are as follows:

  • Understanding farming, the countryside and food production.
  • Social and emotional development through teamwork.
  • Immersion and total involvement through a whole seven-day stay a ‘world away’.
  • Celebrating success and building self-worth through work and the completion of tasks.
  • Learning about healthy eating.
  • Using practical, hands-on learning outside the classroom to enhancing the requirements of the national curriculum.
  • Drawing on the farm experience and the charity’s literary heritage to promote literacy and storytelling.
  • Building and developing relationships.
  • Addressing poverty of experience arising not just from economic and social deprivation, but also from the effects of increasing materialism.

Huxham Barns, Huxham, Exeter, EX5 4EJ

Nethercott House, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh EX19 8SN

https://farmsforcitychildren.org/

Foxhole Community Garden

Foxhole Community Garden is a beautiful 0.7 acre site on the Dartington Estate alongside Old School Farm.In the garden is an orchard, fruit bushes, annual and perennial vegetable beds, a wildlife pond and  wildlife habitats, willow domes, a firepit cooking area and mud kitchen play areas.

In 2015 Foxhole Garden Community Interest Company was formed with two key aims: to provide a safe space for vulnerable groups to enjoy gardening, and to create a thriving community garden offering space for local families and residents to learn about growing and cooking organic produce and to enjoy being outside together.

Foxhole Community Garden, Old School Farm, Dartington Estate, TQ9 6EB

https://foxholecommunitygarden.org.uk/

Futures Farm

Futures Farm is set in the beautiful coastal village of Woolacombe which lies along the North Devon Coasts Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we are lucky enough to have stunning views of the beach and sea from all angles of the farm. We have seen first hand, the positive effect outdoor learning can have on the individual and we want to share this by working in partnership with you to meet the needs of the young people and adults in your care.

We aim to offer a mixture of educational and therapeutic based programmes designed to meet the individual needs of those referred to us. We believe working alongside others who already have experience of supporting young people and adults can allow us to get the best out of those in our care and therefore openly encourage meeting with referers, parents, carers and students to discuss and design bespoke programmes where necessary.

We are part of the Countrymen UK Network and participate in the Countrymen UK Monitoring and Evaluation project, which is carried out by the University of Essex. We provide a service to men who have worked in farming or horticulture or in any other countryside and outdoor environments; or men who have simply enjoyed being outdoors as part of their leisure interests.

Western Rise, Beach Road, Woolacombe, EX34 7AG

https://futuresfarm.co.uk/

Okehampton Community Garden

Our mission is to bring together members of the community to support and encourage gardening of all kinds, especially the growing of food. We are in a beautiful location on the edge of Dartmoor.

Fatherford Lane, Okehampton, EX20 1QS

https://okehamptoncommunitygarden.com/

The Old Farmhouse Day Service

Whether you are looking to meet new people, share your hobbies, or learn new skills, our Day Service will help you to live your life the way you choose. The Old Farmhouse Day Service is for older people and delivered by a friendly, dedicated team who offer a welcoming, safe and caring environment. Our drop-in sessions include a busy calendar of activities and the option for delicious home-cooked meals. The Old Farmhouse is based in Kingsteignton and open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am-4pm.

The Old Farmhouse, Priscott Way, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3QT

https://services.pinpointdevon.co.uk/kb5/devon/services/service.page?id=lPSHK6qA_IA&communitychannel=7_4

Sage Green Growing Co.

Sage Green Growing Co. is a community interest company which is set up as a social enterprise to provide tangible benefits for local communities. It is a ‘green care’ initiative providing a space for people who are aged 50+ and others in society who would benefit from improved well being, reduced social isolation and increased education opportunities. All this can be achieved when outdoors with nature working in the beautiful walled garden at Powderham Castle. We grow fruit and vegetables using organic methods. We plan to sell our produce to the local community. People participating will be offered vegetables we have grown to savour the delights of eating the food they have helped produce. Surplus produce will be donated to local charities and food banks. We are a learning space where people can gain a horticulture qualification: City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture.

Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ

https://www.sagegreengrowing.org.uk/

Stonehouse Time Bank

A time bank is a way for people to come together and share their skills and know-how. Everyone’s skill, time and contribution is equally recognised and valued. For every hour of help that someone puts in they get one time credit. You can exchange your time credits on getting help with something else or you can save them to use in the future. Anyone over 18 can join. Local businesses and organisations can join too. Activities have included Garden tidies and Horticulture.

Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3QS

https://stonehousetimebank1.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Stonehouse-Timebank-287896981268443/

Dorset

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice provides respite care for children with life-threatening or limiting conditions. Our garden has been designed so the children can experience and enjoy different sensory elements and is cared for by our volunteer gardeners.

135 Springdale Rd, Corfe Mullen, Broadstone BH18 9BP

https://www.juliashouse.org/

Longmead Community Farm

Longmead Community Farm is here to help families in crisis. Whether that’s you, someone you know or someone you work with, Longmead is a safe, supportive rural environment for learning new skills, re-kindling relationships and building the self-confidence needed to cope with the challenges of modern urban life.

Longmead has been accredited as part of the care farming network and its working is based on their code of practice. This is relatively new work in the UK that is rapidly growing as people realise its benefits. Care farming is a partnership between farmers, care providers and their participants. This partnership seeks to offer a solution to some of the UK’s health and social care needs particularly in the area of mental health.

Longmead Farmhouse, Milborne St Andrew, DT11 0HU

https://www.longmead.org/

Shaftesbury Health Champions

The Health Champion volunteers at Shaftesbury’s Abbey View Medical Centre have created an outdoor space for local people to enjoy. Residents will be encouraged to join this new gardening group to grow fruit and vegetables to take home or to use as ingredients in the Champions’ proposed healthy cookery sessions.

Abbey View Medical Centre, Salisbury Road, Shaftesbury, SP7 8DH

https://www.blackmorevalesurgery.co.uk/

Tumbledown Farm – Weymouth Area Development Trust

Tumbledown in Weymouth is a 27-acre former farm owned by Weymouth Town Council, which is being developed into a community asset in partnership with WADT, based on the following vision.

“An inclusive greenspace which nurtures the life-giving environment to support community led growing, learning and well-being, now and for future generations.”

We are working together with Dorset Council, Public Health and Natural England. Following public consultations at the end of 2019, several key themes emerged that expressed how local people felt the land and its natural capital might be repurposed to meet the needs of the community, and its vulnerable members.

Tumbledown Farm, Radipole LaneDT4

https://wadt.org.uk/active-projects/tumbledown-farm/

The East Riding of Yorkshire

The Green Team

The Green Team is a registered charity based in Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire, providing volunteering opportunities to local people.

Our aims are to:

  • Benefit the elderly and people with disabilities in Goole and the surrounding area by the provision of a gardening maintenance service.
  • Advance the education of our Volunteers in horticulture skills and practices by providing training.

The Courtyard, Boothferry Road, Goole, DN14 6AE

https://www.thegreenteam.org.uk/

East Sussex

BHfood

Volunteer to work in one of 70 community gardens or orchards across Brighton and Hove. Aims to develop a community garden and provide access for local people to socialise, grow herbs flowers and vegetables, and learn about nature.

Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

Stanmer Street Community Garden Brighton BN1 9SE

https://bhfood.org.uk/

Centre for Ecotherapy

The Centre for Ecotherapy provides support for vulnerable people in the local community, aiming to improve and maintain well-­being through the use of nature-based and horticultural therapies, mindfulness and practical activities.

Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9PZ

http://www.centreforecotherapy.org.uk/

Common Cause Co-op – Lewes

Common Cause runs the Lewes Community Allotment and Ringmer Community Orchard which both have drop in sessions on particular days. We also run the Lewes House Garden Project offering supported therapeutic gardening, working in partnership with the GP surgeries.

St. Anne’s House, 111 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XY

http://www.commoncause.org.uk/

Jamie’s Farm – Lewes

Jamie’s Farm acts as a catalyst for change, enabling disadvantaged young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We do this through a unique residential experience and rigorous follow-up programme, combining farming, family and therapy.
Vulnerable young people nationwide will be better equipped to thrive during secondary school years and beyond. Our powerful formula of Farming, Family and Therapy, delivered via a five-day residential and rigorous follow-up programme, addresses the root causes of exclusion by equipping vulnerable children to thrive during their secondary school years. We work in partnership with all our schools as we recognise that for impact to be greatest, we have to empower and support schools in order to make changes last. Specifically, our programme is designed to improve behaviour, boost engagement and improve well-being by building soft-skills such as self-esteem. 

Allington Farm, Allington Lane, Lewes, BN7 3QL

https://jamiesfarm.org.uk/

Friary Gardeners – Parchment Trust

Friary Gardeners offers horticultural training and greater independence to adults with a wide spectrum of leaning difficulties in the Hastings and Rother area.

Ore Place Farm, The Ridge, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2RA 

https://www.parchment-trust.org.uk/friary-gardeners

Grace Eyre

Gardening activities for people with learning disabilities, autism, and/or mental health issues.

36 Montefiore Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6EP

https://grace-eyre.org/

Grow – Growing Wellbeing

Based at Saddlescombe farm outside Brighton; Grow offers a wide range of outdoor activities – either one-off days or courses for 8 consectutive Thursdays. Geared around learning new skills in an outdoor and natural environment, to help people improve their well-being.

Saddlescombe Farm, Saddlescombe Road, BN45 7DE

http://www.growingwellbeing.org.uk/

Our Community Garden – East Hoathly and Halland

A safe, supportive environment providing a nurturing place for local people who are challenged by mental health and physical disabilities.

East Hoathly Community Garden, 15b Church Marks Lane, East Hoathly, BN8 6EQ

https://www.ourcommunitygarden.org.uk/

Sussex House Day Services

Day Centre to enable people to live as Independently as possible – Activities include Gardening and Horticulture.

19 High St, Battle TN33 0AE

https://www.aspens.org.uk/sussex-house-day-services

Veterans’ Growth

Veterans’ Growth is a charity dedicated to helping ex-service personnel who are suffering from mental heath issues. We offer Horticultural Therapy and support. The programme is based in East Sussex but available to anyone from around the UK.

https://veteransgrowth.org/

Essex

Acorn Village

Supporting adults with learning disabilities, in a residential and day care setting.

Acorn Village, Clacton Road, Mistley, Manningtree CO11 2NJ

https://www.acornvillages.com/

Get Diggin’ It

Get Diggin’ It invites you to take part in our social enterprise inspiring people to come together to grow food, get well and healthy, look after our natural world, and to build a vibrant happening community! And the best bit, we do it in other people’s gardens bringing life to the community and making our land work for us. With the fruits of our efforts, we can offer our volunteers some of our amazing fresh veg every week you help out, and with the sale of the rest of our high nutritional locally grown veg, we’ll be able to keep the company active so that you can enjoy our creative, social initiatives from cookery classes and even dance classes, to mindfulness and wellbeing events. If you have skills or expertise, let’s get you involved in offering a class or leading a workshop. Everyone has a role to play in Get Diggin’ It.

Jubilee Allotments, Waldgrooms, Great Dunmow, Dunmow, CM6 1EA

https://getdigginit.co.uk/

Little Havens Hospice Gardens

The gardens and surrounding areas are an important part of the care Little Havens provides for the children and their families who use the hospice. The gardens are a beautiful and peaceful retreat and offers plenty of play opportunities. There are gently sloping paths which allow children to access all parts of the garden including wheelchair users. Potting area and vegetable garden.

Daws Heath Rd, Benfleet SS7 2LH

http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/little-havens/

The Othona Community

A Christian retreat and community where various activities – including Horticultural are included to promote well-being.

East Hall Farm/East End Rd, Southminster CM0 7PN

https://www.othonaessex.org.uk/

Trust Links – Growing Together

Trust Links is South East Essex’s local independent charity for mental health and wellbeing. We offer therapeutic gardening, recovery classes, social activities, employment training, and more to people living with mental health conditions and for unpaid carers. We support around 1,500 people in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford each year. We’re committed to building stronger communities and promoting sustainable living.

Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG

Growing Together Rochford, 34 Rocheway, Rochford SS4 1DQ

Growing Together Thundersley, 6 Runnymede Chase, Benfleet SS7 3DB

Growing Together Shoeburyness, Elm Road, Southend-on-Sea SS3 9RZ

https://www.trustlinks.org/

Voluntary Action Epping Forest

VAEF runs a number of projects in the Epping Forest district and surrounding areas. When gardens and lawns become overgrown, most of us find it a nuisance. People who are physically unable to do their gardens find it distressing, particularly those who are housebound. The aim of this service is to provide gardeners and volunteers to maintain the gardens of people who cannot do it themselves, free of charge.

The work of this project contributes to independent living making clients feel much safer in their homes and less vulnerable. Clients have reported that an untidy garden can attract unwanted attention, inviting crime and making it difficult to access.The Voluntary Action Epping Forest Gardening Service provides a free of charge practical service which enables people to go on living independently. The project also brings together clients and volunteers who benefit from the social interaction of helping clients and working with other volunteer gardeners (we work in teams to make the tasks more fun!).Most of the work involves simple weeding, pruning, mowing or trimming.

Woodside Industrial Estate, Unit 14E, Woodside, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6LJ

https://vaef.org.uk/

Wellgate Community Farm

Wellgate Community Farm exists as a focus for community, creating an opportunity for people to grow, make a positive contribution and promote social cohesion. It is committed to providing a safe, inclusive place for individuals and groups to develop emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually within a working farm environment through volunteering, education, training, therapy, recreation and learning about all aspects of farming life.

Wellgate Community Farm, Collier Row Road, Romford, RM5 2BH

https://wellgatefarm.org/

Yarra Services

We are a highly trained, family run facility. With our skilled, experienced care staff we give encouragement and support to working age adults in an exciting format to enable them to push themselves further than they have before. With a choice of 2 morning activities every day and full input into where we access the community The day service provides reassurance and dependability to our families.

The working farm group is designed to feel like a work placement . Our service users are working through outcomes to ensure they become knowledgeable and confident both working with animals and maintaining the farming environment.

We provide dedicated staff, modern transport and a purpose built farmhouse. Everything you need to feel reassured and safe both in the farmhouse and whilst accessing the community.

Yarra Services, Stanway Green, Heath Road, Colchester, CO3 0RA

https://yarraservices.co.uk/

Gloucestershire

Cashes Green Community Allotments

Part of Down to Earth Stroud. Our aims are to bring people together, to provide capability to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers to those who for whatever reason could otherwise not enjoy gardening and to create an inclusive sociable space. This is intended to be somewhere people of all backgrounds, abilities and outlooks can mingle and enjoy social contact and the joy of growing things. The benefits to health, both physical and mental, of green spaces, gardening and social interaction are now becoming widely acknowledged. We hope to provide facility for those to be more widely available in the cashes Green area. Also planned are wildlife areas and flower meadows for quiet contemplation and possibly community events but suggestions are always welcome. 

Cashes Green, Stroud GL5 4NR

https://www.downtoearthstroud.co.uk/applewood-allotments-cashes-green-stroud/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2487386831297434/about

Churchdown Community Garden

Part of Down to Earth – Stroud. A new GP surgery opened in Parton Road, Churchdown in Gloucester in April 2018. Surrounding the premises is green land which was unused that we hope to develop to benefit patients and the wider community and in the summer of 2019 it was confirmed that this was going to be possible. We will be utilising this space to create a community gardening scheme.

We are looking for volunteers to get involved and help to put in raised beds and seating, build compost bins, grow food, maintain the gardens and share cups of tea. All abilities and experience welcome. This will be an opportunity to make new friends, share knowledge (and tea!) and enjoy being creative.All you need to bring is some gloves and good sturdy footwear.

Parton Rd, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2JH

https://www.downtoearthstroud.co.uk/churchdown-gp-surgery-gloucester/

Down to Earth – Stroud

Down to Earth Stroud support people in growing and harvesting their own fruit and vegetables. Our aim is to increase access to, and availability of, fresh, nutritious and healthy food and encourage reconnection with the land.
We provide a range of services including gardening and we run several community projects across Gloucestershire.

Down to Earth Stroud, PO Box 427, Stonehouse, GL6 1JG

https://www.downtoearthstroud.co.uk/

Farms for City Children – Wick Court

Farms for City Children aims to encourage learning, to raise self-esteem, and to enrich young lives by providing a safe and welcoming setting where children and their teachers together get involved for a whole week in the working life of a real farm with real farmers.

The main objectives underpinning our aims are as follows:

  • Understanding farming, the countryside and food production.
  • Social and emotional development through teamwork.
  • Immersion and total involvement through a whole seven-day stay a ‘world away’.
  • Celebrating success and building self-worth through work and the completion of tasks.
  • Learning about healthy eating.
  • Using practical, hands-on learning outside the classroom to enhancing the requirements of the national curriculum.
  • Drawing on the farm experience and the charity’s literary heritage to promote literacy and storytelling.
  • Building and developing relationships.
  • Addressing poverty of experience arising not just from economic and social deprivation, but also from the effects of increasing materialism.

Wick Court, Overton Ln, Arlingham, Gloucester GL2 7JJ

https://farmsforcitychildren.org/

Great Oaks Dean Forest Hospice

The Hospice is nestled in the heart of the Forest of Dean, it has a large traditional all year round garden.

Great Oaks/The Gorse, Coleford GL16 8QE

https://www.great-oaks.org.uk/

Stroud Valleys Project

Sustainable development with communities – we have outdoor 8 volunteer teams working on greenspaces, allotments and other food growing sites as well as managing sites for local councils. We have diverse volunteer groups with multiple and complex health issues.

8 Threadneedle Street, Stroud, GL5 1AF

http://www.stroudvalleysproject.org/

Vale Community Allotments Scheme

Part of Down to Earth – Stroud. We have developed unused ground at the front of the hospital and installed over 40 (51 as of May 2019) raised bed allotments which are available through social prescription or for local individuals and groups interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables. We have also planted an orchard, and developed the beds around the hospital with our volunteers who join us for a weekly gardening club. We have very gratefully received support from funders and the local community and in the last few years have been able to continue to develop the site and build a further section of raised bed allotments.

Lister Rd, Dursley GL11 4BA

https://www.downtoearthstroud.co.uk/vale-community-hospital-allotment-scheme/

Greater Manchester

Crossacres Cultivators

Age UK Gardening club for the Over 55s. We do a bit of gardening – weather permitting or share gardening tips and experiences, improving the environment over a cup of tea or coffee!

Crossacres Care Centre, Peel Hall Road, Wythenshawe M22 5DG

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/manchester/activities-and-events/#CRC

Princes Park Garden Centre – The Ability Co-operative

The garden centre is a social enterprise run by community members and managed by the Ability Cooperative. It exists for the benefit of disabled people and the wider community. We want the garden centre to be an important community asset which provides a relaxing, friendly environment that everyone will want to use. The Garden Centre is fully operational and is open all year round. We have a range of plants, trees, shrubs and other garden products on offer.

Princes Park Garden Centre, Princes Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam, Manchester M44 6BR

https://www.princesparkgardencentre.com/

Wigan and Leigh Hospice Gardens

Large attractive gardens surround the Hospice creating a place of tranquillity. At the front are beautiful raised beds and a new courtyard garden, at the rear 3 large ponds. Outside patients’ rooms are colourful tubs and flower beds. A memorial daisy garden. A wild flower garden has been created – ‘The Amberswood Garden’. The gardens are a haven for wildlife. Garden awarded ‘Gold’ in NW in Bloom.

Kildare St, Hindley, Wigan WN2 3HZ

https://www.wlh.org.uk/

Willow Wood Hospice Gardens

The sensory gardens, redesigned and maintained by two former National Trust gardeners and a wonderful team of volunteers, comprise a series of formal and informal gardens. These spaces contain lush, romantic planting design, filled with scent, texture, studies in colour combinations and sculptural form, water features, a kitchen garden, wildlife friendly planting and two woodland areas.

Willow Wood Cl, Mellor Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6SL

https://www.willowwood.info/

Hampshire

Fitzroy Hampshire – Petersfield

Day Care Support

Horticulture at Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3JY

Fitzroy Hampshire – East Meon

Rural Skills at East Meon Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hampshire GU32 1HR

Fitzroy Hampshire – Waterlooville

254 London Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 7HG

https://www.fitzroy.org/

Growing 2gether

Growing2gether functions primarily as a horticultural therapy and environmental education centre for adults and young people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues. It also functions as a food growing hub for all members of the local community but in particular children.The Growing 2gether Project is based on a 1.5 ha site at Cottismore Park near Kingsclere, North Hampshire. The site contains greenhouses, allotments, an orchard and a Wildlife Education Area. The project is supported by the Greenham Trust, which owns the site.

Cottismore Park, Newbury Road, Kingsclere, Newbury RG20 4SY

https://www.n-c-r-c.org/growing-together/

Project Manna

Project Manna is a place to find peace, encouragement, and a sense of purpose and self worth. We offer our smallholding to those who need support to help to change or rebuild their lives for a variety of reasons. We are tucked away in the beautiful New Forest, yet accessible to local villages and towns in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. The team at Manna have a heart for reaching out into the community to those who are often marginalised or isolated by society. Our aim is to help people grow and thrive in an environment that is safe, natural and offers all sorts of creative opportunities.

At Manna we offer people placements who we feel would benefit from either short or long term support. We are currently open 2 days a week from 10-5pm, and have a number of individuals who attend either weekly, twice weekly, or on an ad hoc basis, depending on what is best for them. We refer to these attendees as ‘Volunteers’. We also run one off events and activity days which can be tailored to suit the needs of the group.

Location TBC

https://projectmanna.co.uk/

Wickham Community Garden

Based at The Wickham Community Centre. The Wickham community garden provides a place for local people to plant and grow together.

Mill Ln, Wickham, Fareham PO17 5AL

https://www.facebook.com/WickhamCommunityGarden/

Youth Dream – Selsey

The Bridge Youth Support Centre is located in the grounds of the Academy Selsey and works closely with the school. It provides students with mentoring and resilience t raining, emotional and educational support as well as advice on sexual health. In addition, The Bridge runs a number of activities, includingsewing, technology, basketball and the Hidden Garden Club – an after school gardening club.

Unit E, Penny Lane, 118 High St, Selsey, Chichester PO20 0QG

http://youthdream.co.uk/

Herefordshire

The Cart Shed

OUR VISION To provide a service without walls which can transform lives.

OUR MISSION To provide tailored therapeutic support in a woodland setting, helping those experiencing an imbalance in their lives to heal, learn new skills, find friendship and a future.

OUR AIMS & OBJECTIVES To provide opportunities for communities and individuals experiencing social exclusion through disability, unemployment, age or economic disadvantage, by offering a series of training programmes to facilitate progression towards the employment market. To provide the opportunity for people to enjoy and understand the natural environment and to demonstrate the benefits of rural skills therapy to the improvement of health and well-being. To provide volunteering and employment opportunities to the local community. To lift the aspirations of people with mental health problems and learning difficulties and those who support them. To monitor and evaluate the impact of our interventions.

The Devereux Wootton site benefits from two purpose built polytunnels alongside raised beds. During the Coronavirus outbreak we have very successfully moved our Horticultural learningonline.

The Cart Shed, Devereux Wootton, Norton Canon, Herefordshire, HR4 8QN

https://thecartshed.co.uk/

ECHO

ECHO is an independent,  Herefordshire-based charity with 230 members and over 150 volunteers. Amongst other activities it provides Horticultural opportunities to those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities.

40 West Street, Leominster, HR6 8ES

https://www.echoherefordshire.org.uk/

Jamie’s Farm – Hereford

Jamie’s Farm acts as a catalyst for change, enabling disadvantaged young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We do this through a unique residential experience and rigorous follow-up programme, combining farming, family and therapy.
Vulnerable young people nationwide will be better equipped to thrive during secondary school years and beyond. Our powerful formula of Farming, Family and Therapy, delivered via a five-day residential and rigorous follow-up programme, addresses the root causes of exclusion by equipping vulnerable children to thrive during their secondary school years. We work in partnership with all our schools as we recognise that for impact to be greatest, we have to empower and support schools in order to make changes last. Specifically, our programme is designed to improve behaviour, boost engagement and improve well-being by building soft-skills such as self-esteem. 

Lower Wernddu Farm, Rowlestone, Longtown, HR2 0ED

https://jamiesfarm.org.uk/

Growing Point

Provision of therapeutic horticulture to groups and individuals with a wide range of disabilities through weekly therapeutic gardening sessions – in our purpose-built Demonstration Garden, or outreach sessions in the community. All sessions led by tutors trained in horticultural therapy. 

Activities include outings to gardens of special interest in the county, talks on various topics throughout the year, tours of the Demonstration Garden, advice on adapting a garden for low maintenance or disability, and annual events for our gardeners – summer barbecue and our Autumn Show.

All ages and abilities are welcome. No need for previous experience of gardening. Individual needs are met through use of different gardening techniques and adapted tools.

Holme Lacy, Hereford, HR2 6LL

https://www.growingpoint.org.uk/

Hertfordshire

Foodsmiles St Albans

FoodSmiles is a Community Benefit Society, based in St Albans District, which aims to encourage people to grow and eat more sustainable local food through building a community of food-growers. We make local food and food-growing more accessible, bring our community together, share skills and provide a new source of local food for St Albans.

Hixberry Lane, St Albans, AL4 0TZ.

http://www.foodsmilesstalbans.org.uk/

Mudlarks Garden

Mudlarks is a Hertford based charity which supports adults and young people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Mudlarks runs 5 projects in Hertford: a busy allotment site, 2 off site gardening teams, a vegetarian cafe in the town centre and a forest school.

Mudlarks Office – 2 Priory Wharf, Hertford, SG14 1RJ

https://mudlarksgarden.org.uk/

Sunnyside Rural Trust

Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Northchurch. Offering training and work experience for vulnerable people. We train people with learning disabilities to acquire skills in a number of rural activities. These include beekeeping, looking after chickens, growing a wide range of plants and produce, landscaping and garden maintenance.

Head Office, c/o Civic Centre, 161- 163 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HD

https://www.sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk/

The Triangle Community Garden

The Triangle Garden is a community garden within a local park where people of all ages and abilities can come together and take part in creative land-based activities, such as growing food, tending plants, creating wildlife habitats and making permanent garden features. The Garden is a part of a national network of permaculture demonstration projects and seeks to reconnect people with the natural world. We run community gardening activities open to all (but currently limited due to covid-19), and community events, workshops, walks and talks throughout the year. Our weekly Garden Club actively gardens the Triangle Garden and its allotments, while benefitting its participants in multiple ways. Our learning disability project, Growing Ability, provides social therapeutic horticulture, work experience, and active healthy living support for its members during the week.

Triangle Community Garden, Ransom’s Pavilion, Alexandra Road, Hitchin SG5 1RB

http://www.trianglegarden.org/

Kent and Medway

Acorns Day Centre

Day Centre Support for people with Learning Disabilities and complex needs – a avariety of activities including horticultural therapy.

Cornford Lane, Pembury, TN2 4QU

https://www.aspens.org.uk/acorns-day-services

Blackthorn Trust

Supporting people with mental illness, chronic pain and type 2 Diabetes through crafts, cookery, a Deli, a cafe, a biodynamic garden and a variety of workshops.

St Andrews Road, Barming, Maidstone, ME16 9AN

https://www.blackthorn.org.uk/

Canterbury Oast Trust

Poulton Wood Nature Reserve – Supporting adults with learning disabilities – activities include woodcrafts, nature studies, horticulture and all round practical conservation. 

2 Forge Hill, Aldington, Ashford TN25 7DT

https://www.c-o-t.org.uk/our-services/our-enterprises/poulton-wood

Dandelion Time

Dandelion Time gives children and families time and space to love and trust again. Time to heal from emotional trauma and abuse. Time to rebuild confidence and strengthen relationships. And time to develop skills and aspirations for a brighter future.

We aim to help families recover from their trauma, have the time and space to trust again and to build relationships through our unique, therapeutic programme in the natural environment.

In a combination of one-to-one and group family sessions, families take part in practical farm and craft activities in which they engage with the natural world and processes, bringing therapeutic and developmental benefits whilst families enjoy being together in a relaxed supportive environment.

Work on the farm caring for animals and growing and harvesting vegetables helps children to expand their senses as a natural process in a natural environment. Children’s sense of responsibility and self-worth develop as they learn to care and be nurturing and compassionate towards trusting creatures.  Families use the farm’s produce to prepare and cook meals; eating together, alongside other families, co-operating and sharing in joint activities.

Dandelion Time, Charlton Lane, West Farleigh, Maidstone, ME15 0NY

Bethersden Scout Hut, North Lane, Kent, TN26 3AL

Boughton Monchelsea Scout Hut, Campfield Farm, Haste Hill Road, Boughton Monchelsea, ME17 4LR

https://dandeliontime.org.uk/

Fitzroy Leo Trust

Residential Support for people with learning disabilities.

Boldshaves Oast, The Croft, Woodchurch, Ashford TN26 3RA

https://www.fitzroy.org/

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust Community Allotment Group

To establish low cost community allotments for families and organisations working with disadvantaged people. Also the Allotment is used by Medway Adult Education for Horticulture classes.

Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4UB

https://www.fortamherst.com/support-us/

Gardening for Disabled Trust

Gardening for Disabled Trust aims to help people back into gardening in spite of disability. Grants available to people with all kinds of mental and physical challenges so that they can adapt their gardens and make gardening possible, enhancing their well-being and help them defy their disability. Based in Kent, they award grants to individuals and groups across the UK.

P.O. Box 285, Tunbridge Wells TN2 9JD

https://www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk/

The Glasshouse

We are a social enterprise offering second chances in the glasshouses of UK prisons. Our mission is to reduce reoffending through horticultural training and employment. Our team of ex-offenders grow and nurture beautiful, resilient houseplants, which are sold directly through our online shop, as well as our bespoke corporate gifting service and plantscaping for offices, hospitality and retail.  

Our project is  based at East Sutton Park prison for women in Kent.  Here our team of ex-offenders care for, grow and propagate temperate house plants whilst training to reach a level 2 horticultural qualification. Upon release, we offer help with job placement and housing, as the primary causes of reoffending are lack of secure housing and employment. 

HMP/YOI East Sutton Park, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, ME17 3DF

https://www.theglasshouse.co.uk/

Growing Concern – Choice Support

Supporting people with autism, learning disabilities, and mental health problems in learning horticulture.

Maidstone Road, Staplehurst TN12 0RE

https://www.choicesupport.org.uk/

Jubilee Day Centre – Choice Support

A day centre in Beckenham offering a variety of support and activities including allotment.

243–247 Beckenham Road, Beckenham BR3 4RP

https://www.choicesupport.org.uk/find-support/find-support-near-you/jubilee-day-centre

Ken Boyce Centre – Choice Support

Supporting people with autism, learning disabilities, and mental health problems in a variety of different activities including Gardening.

150 Rectory Lane, Footscray, Sidcup DA14 5BT

https://www.choicesupport.org.uk/find-support/find-support-near-you/ken-boyce-centre

Princess Christian’s Farm

Hadlow College and KCC run Farm for students with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Riding Ln, Hildenborough, Tonbridge TN11 9NP

https://www.hadlow.ac.uk/life-at-college/our-campuses/princess-christian’s-farm

Sheppey Matters

Community Allotments – Helping people of all abilities learning, developing and keeping well through gardening.

Sheppey Healthy Living Centre, Off the Broadway, Sheerness, ME12 1HH

https://www.sheppeymatters.org.uk/portfolios/community-allotments/

Spadework

Providing care and developing skills and opportunities to adults with learning and other disabilities. Horticulture, allotments, cafe, IT , crafts and woodwork.

Teston Rd, Offham, West Malling ME19 5NA

https://spadework.org.uk/

Stone Ness Walled Garden

We offer social and therapeutic horticulture to members of the local community with learning difficulties and/or mental health issues. We are a small charity providing therapy through horticulture at our Victorian Walled Garden. Everyone who comes to Stone Ness Walled Garden will  benefit from the peace which can be found as soon as they enter the garden.

Stone Ness Walled Garden is on the A264 road – Ashurst to Langton Green, Kent.  Post Code: TN3 9SU

http://www.stonenesswalledgarden.org/

Wellbeing in the Weald

A community organisation to combat loneliness, isolation and build a stronger community. Activities include friendship groups and a community allotment scheme – based in Cranbrook.

Community Allotments, Oatfield Drive, Cranbrook TN17 3LA

https://www.wellbeingintheweald.co.uk/

Lancashire

Colne Open Door Centre

To provide a drop-in service in Colne town centre to offer support to meet the needs of those in the community in poverty/marginalised by society with a view to improving their quality of life.

Colne Open Door Centre now has an allotment, situated on Intake Allotments, off Castle Road, Colne. It is set in a beautiful, quiet, peaceful location, where people can relax and enjoy the fresh air and help grow fruit & vegetables for themselves and for the Open Door Cafe.

The idea is to help some of our clients gain confidence and acquire practical skills that can be used in employment, under the guidance of our trained staff.

Colne Open Door Centre, 1 Great George street, Colne, BB8 0SY

http://www.colneopendoorcentre.org.uk/gardening_project.html

Derian House Children’s Hospice Gardens

The gardens play a large part in creating an atmosphere of relaxation, tranquillity and joy. Distinct areas include the Smile Park, the Memorial, and Seaside Gardens. The gardens are an on going project, with two new areas recently created – an “enchanted” fairy garden and “Jurassic” dinosaur garden – both designed by the children in a shady corner offering a magical place to play.

Chancery Rd, Chorley PR7 1DH

https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/

Leicestershire

Garden to Wellbeing

We provide restorative gardening sessions and help organisations to set up and start running their own Garden to Wellbeing programmes. Client gardeners include children, youth groups, refugees, domestic abuse survivors, people living with dementia and those with additional support needs such as autism. Whether it’s an allotment project or tiny yard, we’ll help you to make the most of the space so you can start growing. We will keep you inspired and motivated by sharing ideas, experience and resources.

9 Martindale Close, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3RF

www.gardentowellbeing.org

Stanford Hall – High Ground

Horticultural Therapy is part of the range of rehab options available for clinicians to treat injured serving personnel. All patients who come to Horticultural Therapy are referred by their Occupational Therapist (OT) as part of an individual rehabilitation programme.

Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (Stanford Hall) Stanford on Soar, Loughborough LE12 5QW

https://highground-uk.org/

Lincolnshire

Saint Andrew’s Hospice

The St Andrews gardens are beautifully landscaped spaces which focus on the lovely nature that surrounds us. They are suitable for all ages providing all with a tranquil and calm environment. The gardens are fully accessible with plenty of room for all to enjoy the outdoors together. Herbaceous beds and ample seating areas.

Peaks Ln, Grimsby DN32 9RP

https://www.standrewshospice.com/

MindSpace Stamford

MindSpace Stamford is a local charity committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole town, helping people to flourish. We encourage conversations around mental health in our homes, businesses, and schools and offer a range of activities based on the 5 ways to wellbeing, that anyone can access (for free!) to encourage positive mental health and wellbeing.

Since securing a large allotment in Stamford, MindSpace has been working towards the creation of a wellbeing garden for community use.

Not to be dissuaded by virus restrictions, MindSpace and a small army of volunteers have made great strides in readying the garden, with a view to introducing a range of activities there from spring.

39 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PX

https://mindspacestamford.com/

Nunny’s Farm

North East Lincolnshire’s first urban petting farm offers not only a great day out for all the family, but additional services include our mobile farm,  volunteer and care farming opportunities. We also have an array of adoption and sponsorship packages to suit every budget.

Nunny’s Farm will soon be delivering a ‘Green Care’ facilitated and structured programme for service users identified by various referral agencies.  

We want to work with the community to provide opportunities for growth and development both emotionally and physically.  If you are interested in volunteer with us please get in touch.

17a Wootton Road, Grimsby, DN33 1HE

https://www.nunnysfarmcic.org/

Tukes – Grimsby

Part of the Navigo care network for mental health and wellbeing – working across sites like Floral Hall and Grimsby Garden Centre, learning to take care of a massive collection of plants. Also work as part of a team and build your confidence around other people.

Navigo House, 3 – 7 Brighowgate, Grimsby, DN32 0QE

https://navigocare.co.uk/what-we-do/services-z/tukes-employment-and-training

London

Barnet Environment Support Team

B.E.S.T provides practical  support  to Barnet residents using environmental initiatives, research, projects and campaigns with the aim of creating awareness through community participation (such as: Park Clean up, Protect our Soil, Lets grow Organic, Seedling exchange, Cycle for Green, Food Waste Not).​

Our team provide employment opportunities and work experience support to talented job seekers through participating in our different environmental volunteer projects.

The residents and participants will be engaged in protecting the environment and our soil through practicing sustainable methods of gardening (organic). The community will benefit from a cleaner, greener environment. The residents will have a healthier lifestyle from regular participation and knowledge exchange. The community will benefit by gaining practical work experience and transferrable skills. The volunteers’ and participants’ level of self empowerement will be elevated through having access to information and resources.

West Hendon Allotments, Cool Oak Lane, Hendon, NW9 6AB

https://www.bestcic.org/

Carlton Centre – Choice Support

Opportunities and Support for adults with autism and learning disabilities.

Carlton Centre, Carlton Road, Sidcup DA14 6AH

https://www.choicesupport.org.uk/find-support/find-support-near-you/carlton

The Holly Lodge Centre

In the restful setting of Richmond Park, the Holly Lodge Centre offers a range of educational activities for groups of children, young people and adults – particularly those with special educational needs and disabilities – focused on the nature and Victorian heritage of the Park. 

We run activities suitable for mainstream and specialist schools, and for community groups.  We also have art and gardening activities for people of all ages with disabilities, and offer an additional holiday programme. 

Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, TW10 5HS

http://www.thehollylodgecentre.org.uk/index.php

Just Unity Garden

To create and develop an organic, wildlife and insect friendly community garden encouraging gardening skills and well being in particular for refugees and asylum seekers

41 Bromley Road, Catford, London, SE6 2TS

http://lewishamunity.org.uk/

Kairos Rehabilitation Project

The Kairos pathways will lead you, post-detox, to rehab, then supported housing and on towards independent living. Kairos Community Trust has 29 post-rehab, sober-living move-on houses with 182 beds in six London boroughs: Brent, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark and Wandsworth. Residents have ongoing access to support workers and help in making planned moves to independent living. The Garden Day Programme is a 12-week, 12 Step-based, intensive, non-residential rehab programme for people with addiction/substance misuse issues who have already detoxed.

66 Nunhead Lane, London SE15 3QE

https://kairoscommunity.org.uk/

Marie Curie Hospice – Hampstead

This peaceful and secluded two part garden surrounds the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead. A garden, tended by dedicated volunteers, makes for a wonderful space for patients to enjoy the shrubs and seasonal colourful flowers. The garden has seating areas for relaxation either in the shade or in the sunshine with great views of the garden and in company with squirrels running through the trees.

11 Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5NS

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/hospice-care/hampstead

Mindfood

MindFood is an Ealing based charity that supports people with depression, anxiety and stress to improve their wellbeing through gardening, mindfulness and horticulture. We run our courses from two beautiful green sites in Ealing; Cleveley Crescent near Hanger Lane tube station, and Horsenden Hill near Perivale tube station.  Courses are designed to be a fun balance of learning how to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables, whilst becoming more mindful of ways to improve our wellbeing.

Minfood Ealing – Cleveley Crescent Allotments, Ealing W5 1DZ

Mindfood Perivale – Horsenden Farm, Perivale UB6 7PB

https://www.mindfood.org.uk/

Newham City Farm

We’ve been open since 1977 and are home to a large number of farmyard favourites such as cows, horses and sheep – alongside some less familiar animals such as alpacas, birds of prey and turkeys. There are also many smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets on the farm.

Newham City Farm is a popular school trip choice, and we have a range of activities going on throughout the year, which you can find out about on these pages.

Our Care Farming therapeutic programme provides support using animal care and gardening to benefit adults with a variety of learning needs, health conditions, and disabilities.

Stansfeld Road, Beckton, London E6 5LT

https://www.newham.gov.uk/community-parks-leisure/newham-city-farm?documentId=15&categoryId=20009

Rewilding the City

I work with volunteers to rewild the streets of our inner city suburb as guerilla and community gardeners – flowers, vegetables, meadows and wildlife in once overlooked plots. I’ve had many individuals reach out to me during Covid, particulary those living on their own or working at home all day with no outdoor space, to maintain their physical or mental health.

NW5 3HE

https://rewildingthecity.com/

Royal Trinity Hospice Gardens

Royal Trinity’s beautiful, award winning gardens play an important therapeutic role in the life and function of Royal Trinity Hospice. Over the years, many people have enjoyed our gardens and today they continue to be enjoyed by patients, families and visitors alike. Set over nearly 2 acres, they offer space for quiet contemplation, family fun and make a great backdrop for events.

30 Clapham Common North Side, Clapham Town, London SW4 0RN

https://www.royaltrinityhospice.london/

Share Community

Share Nurseries, a social enterprise of Share Community, sells a large range of plants throughout the year. Everything we sell is lovingly grown and nurtured by Share students as part of their horticulture training. As well as gardening skills, this gives our students a pathway into work-related activities and teaches them valuable employability skills, such as customer service and quality control. We also sell garden products like compost and handcrafted garden creations including Christmas wreaths and spring and summer planted window boxes. We grow everything using organic principles without the use of chemicals.

Share Garden, Gillian Webb Memorial Gardens (Next to Building 15), Grounds of Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, SW17 7DJ

https://www.sharecommunity.org.uk/social-enterprise/share-nurseries

Spitalfields City Farm

Our farm offers many opportunities to engage with. Daily volunteering involves working with animals and helping out in the gardens. Schools from near and far also come to one of our guided tours/workshops, where we also offer bespoke courses and tours. The farm is a great place to hold parties for all ages but make a booking and check dates as we get very busy. You can of course always visit for free 6 days a week, Tuesday – Sunday. Enjoy our gardens and meet the rare breed farm animals.

Our Ethos

  • To give people the opportunity to become members of their community and encourage participation in the development of the farm.
  • To explore and promote the benefits of healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
  • To sustainably manage natural ecosystems for the benefit of local wildlife and as a resource for education and recreation.
  • To promote biodiversity and approaches which people can take to help improve environments for wildlife.
  • To provide children and young people with a safe, stimulating and inclusive space in which to play and to connect with nature.

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, E1 5AR

https://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/

Tritton Vale Pocket Garden

Part of Incredible Edible Lambeth – Tritton Vale Pocket Garden is at the heart of the community, growing food for people and pollinators, and offering everyone a space to appreciate nature in the city.

The nearby primary school uses the space to support children’s learning, the local Scout troop has helped with planting, and residents gather each month to maintain it.

Tritton Road, Lambeth SE23 8DE

https://www.incredibleediblelambeth.org/location/tritton-vale-pocket-garden/

Thrive – London

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Programmes in one of four gardens within Battersea Park

c /o Parks Office, Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road. SW11 4NJ

https://www.thrive.org.uk/how-we-help/regional-centres-and-programmes/london

Urban Growth

Urban Growth Learning Gardens is a social enterprise that improves Londoners’ well-being by collaborating with them to create & maintain beautiful, biodiverse spaces.

We improve wellbeing by connecting city-dwellers with nature on their doorstep. Inspired by humans’ natural biophilia – a love of nature – we connect people with plants indoors and out. We engage volunteers, communities and organisations, teaching valuable skills and encouraging green thinking. The spaces we make and care for are designed to inform and inspire people to care for the natural world. We create and maintain therapeutic green spaces, where people and nature can thrive. We are guided by permaculture principles in all that we do, avoiding chemicals and encouraging urban biodiversity.

International House, 6 Canterbury Crescent, SW9 7QE

https://urbangrowth.london/

We Are Grow

GROW works in schools and communities to promote mental well-being, physical health and a more hands-on relationship with the natural world.

From yoga to farming, philosophical thinking to boxing, GROW’s specially designed programme gives young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to think beyond their day-to-day routines. 

The GROW farm is a 6 acre site in Barnet, North London. We grow vegetables, fruit and flowers using organic principles that we sell to the local community and businesses. We grow a wide range of crops, from carrots and cabbage for school canteens to specialist ingredients for chefs and restaurants. We keep bees and chickens and soon hope to extend our flock to include sheep and goats for grazing. 

The farm uses best practices in regenerative farming. This means that we look after the soil on our site to grow crops that are both delicious and nutritious. We focus on conservation, making sure that humans and nature can both exist happily. This means that, as well as crop production, we prioritize planting trees, providing for wildlife and leaving areas to nature. We want to show the next generation what the future of farming can look like.

Education is at the heart of GROW. We have a range of educational opportunities for adults and children, from farm visits to specialist workshops and sessions. 

The farm relies on our amazing volunteers. It is a great way to get fit, get outside, meet new people and learn skills.

The Totteridge Academy, Barnet Lane, N20 8AZ

https://www.wearegrow.org/

Norfolk

Family Action – The Escape Project

The Escape Project has been based in Swaffham for ten years and works in partnership with Garden Organic to deliver the Growing Communities project in Breckland and West Norfolk. The project is based at an allotment site in Swaffham and provides Social and Therapeutic Horticulture sessions for adults. The project maintains a large allotment space, three commercial polytunnels and a community orchard. The project hosts a range of traditional skills workshops for participants, including, willow weaving, green woodworking and outdoor cooking. Participants can self refer or be referred through other statutory or voluntary organisations. Participants can study accredited City and Guilds Horticulture qualifications with us. Our service is fully funded and participants can attend sessions and courses free of charge. We have a team of volunteers who help us to deliver sessions to participants and provide a safe and welcoming space for adults to spend time outdoors and reconnect with nature. Our partnership with Garden Organic has enabled us to broaden our scope and develop outreach support for smaller gardening projects with the recruitment of Master Gardeners. Volunteering opportunities and Master Gardener training programmes are always available at the project.

The Escape Project, Swaffham Community Centre, Campinglands, Swaffham, PE37 7RB

https://www.family-action.org.uk/

Fitzroy Norfolk

Fakenham NR21 9BW

https://www.fitzroy.org/

Nofolk Green Care Network

A Network of organisations, projects and volunteers across Norfolk, into parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Connecting and supporting partners in a variety of ways – Green care is defined as any activity or intervention that uses nature and experiencing nature as ways of boosting mental and physical health. 

https://ngcnetwork.wordpress.com/

The Nurture Project

The Nurture Project is a social enterprise that operates a therapeutic year round garden project, supporting adults living with mild to moderate mental health issues. It aims to provide an impartial and safe space for adults to improve their mental and physical wellbeing in a friendly but structured environment. No gardening experience is required, and participation is offered on both a one-to-one and small group basis. The small, community orientated organisation is based in tranquil gardens in Kettlestone, near Fakenham, and is staffed by experienced horticultural therapists.

Horticultural activity supervised by a trained therapist targeting clear therapeutic objectives. The project aims to work alongside local mental health teams, together with educators, therapists and facilitators specialising in mental health, as well as client self referrals.

The Nurture Project, Kettlestone House, The Street, Kettlestone NR21 0JA

https://www.thenurtureproject.co.uk/

Northamptonshire

The Green Patch

The Green Patch is a 2.5 acre site situated on the edge of The Grange housing estate in Kettering. Over the years the site has been improved by volunteers, and currently consists of : A multi-use building and disabled access toilet, polytunnels, beehives, ducks and chickens, raised beds, compost areas, a Summerhouse, a natural play area, wildlife areas including two ponds and orchards.

Groundwork Northamptonshire has been managing the Green Patch since 2007, transforming it from a site that was barely used and struggling for volunteers and customers, to a thriving and friendly hub that supports a number of different projects including; after school clubs for mainstream and disabled children, young people and adult employment programmes, alternative education, regular and supported adult volunteering, community use and events.

The Green Patch sees over 250 adults and children come through the gates every week – to some it has been a lifeline – and it is supported by a range of funders and partners.

5 Margaret Rd, Kettering NN16 0QH

https://thegreenpatchkettering.wordpress.com/

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/projects/the-green-patch/

The Hope Centre

Therapeutic gardening and horticultural training for people with mental health and addiction problems and those who are homeless.

35-37 Campbell St, Northampton NN1 3DS

https://northamptonhopecentre.org.uk/

Life at No 27 – Towcester & Brackley

Life at No.27 is a social enterprise built with passion at its core and designed to change lives.

Using the power of gardening to support anyone struggling with low confidence, self-esteem, isolation and mental ill health.

Two sites – one at the central allotments in Towcester, the other at The Well Retreat in Brackley

The Well Retreat, 5 High St, Brackley NN13 7AD

https://lifeatno27.com/

Northumberland

Natural Ability

We want to create an environment where people with learning and other disabilities live and work as valued and contributing members of the community. Providing people with an excellent quality of life with purposeful employment, lifelong learning and pride in their achievements.

We provide opportunities for people with learning and other disabilities to learn through challenge and well-managed risk, doing meaningful work, having fun and with a sense of personal autonomy.

The Beacon, Beaufront Park, Anick Road, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4TU

https://www.naturalability.org/

North Yorkshire

Helmsley Walled Garden

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for people with disabilities, people with disabilities as well as those who are coping with mental health problems, social isolation and long-term unemployment.

Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5AH

https://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk/horticultural-therapy/

Kyra

We are a registered charity in York that exists to help local women make positive change in their lives. We offer a range of courses, therapies, life skills and events for women, all from our relaxed, comfy, city centre location. the kettle is always on. Our door will always be open until every woman in our area feels safe, supported and able to be the person they were always meant to be. Activities include working in a Sensory Garden.

Kyra Women’s Project, CMC, St. Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NQ

https://www.kyra.org.uk/

Ripon Community Link

Charity supporting adults and young people with disabilities. Historic Walled Garden – Free to enter, with Plant Nursery, Tearoom, Shop, Woodland Walk and Orchard with rare fruit varieties.

75 Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

https://www.facebook.com/RiponWalledGarden/

St Catherines’ Hospice Gardens

The award-winning gardens at Saint Catherine’s provide a tranquil, relaxing and beautiful environment for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers to enjoy. All of the patients’ rooms have double doors which open out onto the gardens – many describe the joy of the seeing the birds feeding, flowers in bloom and the freedom of being able to spend time outdoors.

Throxenby Ln, Scarborough YO12 5RE

https://www.saintcatherines.org.uk/

Nottinghamshire

Cotgrave Community Garden

We are a Community garden in Nottinghamshire, supporting the community by providing and uplifting green space to reconnect with nature. Inspiring and empowering adults and children to learn food growing, seasonal cooking, gardening, green crafts and wild-life conservation skills. We promote the use of gardening on physical and mental health, we particularly take great effort to support adults who may need help to improve their health, well-being and happiness.

Cotgrave, Nottingham, NG12 3GE

https://www.facebook.com/Cotgravecommunitygarden/

Flower Pod

Flower Pod is a horticultural social enterprise located at two sites – One in Southwell, and the other in Newark. just outside of the historic Minster town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Here, our clients – people with learning disabilities from the Nottinghamshire region – take part in activities which help them gain vital skills for a more independent life in the community. The produce grown and sold at Flower Pod helps us fund services for clients and develop the site. With the support of our expert staff team and dedicated volunteers, our clients produce beautiful flowers, arrangements and confetti for the home, weddings, celebrations, funerals and other events.

Flower Pod Southwell, Brackenhurst Ln, Southwell NG25 0QL

Flower Pod Newark, Hawtonville Community Centre, St Mary’s Gardens, Newark, NG24 4JQ

https://flowerpod.org/

Muddy Fork

We help people to improve their wellbeing and mental health through volunteer conservation and wildlife gardening in Nottinghamshire. People are changing their lives step by step, doing useful work with supportive company, surrounded by nature at the Muddy Fork garden.

Muddy Fork, Retford Enterprise Centre, Randall Way, Retford, DN22 7GR

https://www.muddyfork.org/

Oasis Community Centre and Gardens

We are a faith based charity based in a disadvantaged community in Worksop, Ten years ago we took over a derelict youth club building and a 2 acre abandoned recreation field. We have transformed it into the OASIS Community Centre and Oasis Community Gardens. We now have over 30 projects for all ages, needs and interests and an award winning community park and garden with over 30 areas and several gardening enterprises. Our Gardening for Life and Flowers for Life projects are based around therapeutic gardening, floristry and garden arts and crafts. We can see over 10,000 people visit our site, many projects use the gardens for health and wellbeing and out gardening programmes supported over 85 individual people in community gardening.

OASIS Community Centre & Gardens, 2a Longfellow Drive, Worksop, Notts S81 0DE

http://www.oasis-centre.org.uk/

Stonebridge City Farm

Stonebridge City Farm is an urban farm in St Ann’s, Nottingham, England. Created in 1980, it is relatively small in size, being sited in an area of regeneration. We offer support, training and have an education centre for volunteers – many of whom have physical and mental health challenges.

We rely on the support of our volunteers and are extremely grateful for their help throughout the year. We offer work placements, alternative provision placements and general volunteering positions across most areas of the farm. People have the opportunity to learn new skills, use their experience to contribute to the development of the farm and be part of our farm family.

Stone Bridge Rd, Nottingham NG3 2FR

https://stonebridgecityfarm.com/

Oxfordshire

Barracks Lane Gardens

Barracks Lane Community Garden is a beautiful green space at the heart of a vibrant community. It is for everyone to use and enjoy by visiting, booking for a private function or by coming along to one of the many events and activities that are held throughout the year. The Garden Project has charitable status and is run by members of the local community who volunteer their time and expertise. At the Garden you will find a large octagonal eco cabin with a wood burning stove, a bonfire and barbeque area, a basic kitchen, table and chairs, a wood fired bread oven, cob oven and tandoor oven, sandpit and small, fenced pond. The Garden is fully accessible if you are using a wheelchair or have limited mobility and safe if you have small children. There is a fully accessible composting toilet. We are particularly proud of the Garden Project’s low carbon and green credentials. Within the Garden is a living green roof and solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, a compost system, a wildlife corridor and bug hotel. These were designed, built and sponsored by members of the community. You can find out more about these features in our Resources section.

In particular the Garden Project:

Cares for the environment, the soil, plants, water and wildlife.

Offers everyone access to a green space for relaxation and leisure.

Demonstrates practical ideas for healthy living including growing food, recycling waste, cooking, building and using renewable technologies.

Encourages play and learning through opportunity, demonstrations and workshops.

Is safe and welcoming, celebrating diversity and promoting equality.

Is creative and innovative, a place where art meets science across generations and cultures.

Barracks Lane, Oxford OX2 2AP

https://barrackslanegarden.org.uk/

Bridewell Gardens

Bridewell Gardens is a mental health recovery charity using gardening to help people who have experienced serious mental health difficulties to reengage in meaningful activities in our wider local community. Working in the walled garden and vineyard gives people the structure and space to rebuild self esteem and confidence as part of a sociable, supportive, and welcoming team.

The Walled Garden, Wilcote, OX7 3DT

https://www.bridewellgardens.co.uk/

Edible Abingdon – Abingdon Carbon Cutters

For the last 5 years we have been growing vegetables behind the ice-cream kiosk on Abbey Meadow, 2  years ago we started a new vegetable plot made of old recycling boxes outside Old Station House, and last year we were offered a big new bed overlooking the ornamental beds in Abbey Gardens.  We are now members of the Incredible Edible Network.

Our immediate objective is to create herb and vegetable gardens that are attractive and productive, organic, and wildlife-friendly.   In the longer term we aim to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and imported food, and encourage community growing.

We already have a small team of enthusiasts but will need more hands to make this work.   In particular  we’ll need help with:  Sowing seeds, Planting out, Weeding, Watering. 

Helpers and visitors to the park will be encouraged to pick the produce !  Knowledge of gardening would be great but it’s not essential, we will all be learning as we go along.

St Ethelwold’s House, 30 East St Helen Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB

https://abingdoncarboncutters.org.uk/what/growing-things/edible-abingdon/

Marston Community Gardening

Marston Community Gardening is a community group based in Marston in the North East of Oxford. It’s aims and objectives are:

  • To encourage local people to become more involved in sustainable gardening,
  • To use local green spaces to grow community food and enhance the local environment for the benefit of residents & wildlife,
  • To support local residents by providing materials and practical advice about growing food in community spaces
  • To support local residents in enhancing local parks, spaces and natural areas for mindfulness and wellbeing.
  • To work with local organisations, i.e. Old Marston Parish Council and St Nicholas Primary School
  • The group also offers surplus food from the allotments to local people.

55 Arlington Drive Marston OX3 0SJ 

https://www.facebook.com/MarstonCommunityGardening/

https://livewell.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Services/3495

Stonehill Community Garden

Stonehill Community Garden welcomes people ​from all walks of life. We are currently working on half an acre, producing fruit, vegetables, eggs from our hens and honey from our bees.We provide outdoor learning experiences for diverse groups from communities in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. We provide a safe space.

Stonehill Community Garden offers groups or individuals the opportunity to get involved and learn about growing food, healthy eating, foraging, building, community cooking, nature identification and care, working together andlooking after the Chickens.

Our aim is to bring people closer to nature and to share the joys of being outside and  gardening together. We hope it will be a place that will be beneficial to all people including those from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds.

Stonehill Community Gardens, Oday Hill, OX14 4AA

http://www.stonehillgardens.co.uk/

Shropshire

Bowbrook Community Allotments

Horticultural Support – Organic allotment with community areas

Bowbrook, Shrewsbury SY5 8PH

The Dorothy Clive Garden

The Dorothy Clive Garden is a charitable garden trust, set up by Colonel Harry Clive as a place of rest and continued horticultural education for the general public. Located in glorious countryside on the North Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire borders, the garden is both formal and informal, hosting a network of paths that invite the visitor to explore and discover the intimacy and tranquility of the garden.

A registered charity with the twin aims of education and enjoyment. Very committed to environmentally aware gardening and very committed to social prescribing.

Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, TF9 4EU

https://dorothyclivegarden.co.uk/

Somerset

Bath City Farm

We’re Bath City Farm, a much-loved charity which has been supporting people living in Bath for over 25 years. Our work focuses on providing education, conserving the environment and supporting people who have enduring mental health issues, are living with disabilities or are otherwise facing adversity.

Situated on a beautiful 37-acre plot in Bath, we’re a popular visitor attraction for families and children, with a play park, farm animals, walking trails, farm shop and café. As a working farm we do breed some of our animals for meat, which is available to buy from our farm shop.

Kelston View, Whiteway, BA2 1NW

http://bathcityfarm.org.uk/

Growing Roots

Growing Roots works with children, families and young people on therapeutic horticultural projects in the community and in schools in the Mendip area of Somerset. We are a not-for-profit organisation. Gardening activities are tailored to meet individual needs whether social, emotional, physical or cognitive.

  • We work with residents of social housing and young people to create gardens.
  • We facilitate intergenerational horticultural projects
  • We work with children and young people in schools and the community to help raise self-esteem through horticulture.

http://www.growingroots.org.uk/

Paddington Farm Trust

Paddington Farm is a charitable trust and a social enterprise, located on a 43 acre organic farm situated at the foot of the famous Glastonbury Tor in Somerset.
As well as being a working farm we provide comfortable accommodation for groups, families and individuals, particularly for children from disadvantaged urban areas. 
We provide some free rural educational activities to enhance the farm experience and to promote environmental responsibility.

Paddington Farm Trust, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, BA6 8JN

http://www.paddingtonfarm.co.uk/

Seed of Hope

Seed of Hope is a Community Interest Company providing Recovery based social and therapeutic gardening. They work with Bridgwater and Taunton College, using its stunning Walled Gardens of Cannington as a base. Using the gardening expertise and facilities of the college, and the mental health recovery experience, of Kris Scotting and Jayne Alcock they use gardening to support people in their personal Recovery journey. Participants are supported to achieve a level one qualification in Practical horticultural Skills awarded by City and Guilds.

Church St, Cannington, Bridgwater TA5 2HA

https://seedofhope.org.uk/

South Gloucestershire

St Paul’s Community Garden Group

We are a community group, working on reviving the garden space between Grosvenor road and Burnell drive. Our goal is to create a sustainable food garden, learn and teach each other gardening skills and play a part in bringing our local community together by providing an open, welcoming space that belongs to all of us!This is a community garden, not an allotment group and the main focus of the initiative is to create something positive and sustainable! The veggies will come!

Between Grosvenor Rod and Burnell Drive, Bristol, BS2 8XD

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1002270510161438/

South Yorkshire

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

We inspire, nurture and expand horizons for youngsters so that they can make the most of their potential. We run programmes for children who are excluded, or at risk of exclusion, from mainstream education – we help them get back on track. We have activities for youngsters who have additional educational needs – to help them develop life skills, grow in confidence and reduce the risk of isolation. We host schools on day and residential visits so that they can learn in a different environment, grow in confidence and develop bonds with classmates and teaching staff. Finally, we enable college students to fulfill the practical elements of agriculture and environmental qualifications. 

Most of our young visitors will not have spent much time at a farm or in the countryside. So holding a freshly-hatched chick, bottle feeding a new-born lamb or seeing a pig with her piglets can be an unforgettable experience. For many, it will change their lives forever.

Most of those who visit come from the Sheffield City Region, but our reach extends across South Yorkshire and beyond; we’ve even hosted groups from west of the Pennines and south of the M4!

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield, S11 9QF

https://www.whirlowhallfarm.org/

Suffolk

Beyond The Wall

Beyond The Wall is a charity based in the ‘Walled Garden’  on the Thornham Estate in Thornham, North Suffolk. We work with people from 16 years upwards who have a disability. The team are focused on removing barriers to enable everyone to attain a fulfilling and meaningful life. We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation, all funds raised go to meet the needs of our clients. Our aim is to build up our learners’ confidence and self esteem while teaching them the skills which will unlock future opportunities for them in mainstream education, sheltered volunteering or employment.

Beyond the Wall, Thornham Walled Garden, Thornham Magna, Eye,  IP23 8HA

https://www.beyondthewall.org.uk/

Depden Care Farm

Depden Care Farm offers therapeutic placements to adults with learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries.
Our clients (who become our Farm Helpers) are offered the chance for structured outdoor activity, education and training through tailored and supervised involvement in horticulture, agriculture and, where appropriate, helping with the livestock.
Our rural idyll is home to a selection of animals from horses and donkeys, to pigs, sheep and goats. Hens and ducks are free to wander in the orchard, and this much loved and well-cared for menagerie ensures that animal assisted therapy can be added to our programme.

Depden Care Farm, Rookery Farm, Depden, IP29 4BU

https://depden.com/

Women Like Me – Garden Angels

To help build Women’s self esteem and sense of  positive well-being to ensure we feel we have somewhere to feel at peace with ourselves and comfortable to be around others. Sharing our stories and life experiences with other Women to help us Learn, Laugh and Grow together.

How it all began – We worked hard to find others to create a Voluntary organisation to engage with Women to help them to learn laugh and grow together and to become part of a movement to help us all feel strong, confident and happy.

We do not profess to be able to ‘make you better’ but by becoming a member of Women Like Me we believe you will begin to feel less isolated and hopefully begin to look forward with a more positive outlook.

Our belief is there’s nothing Women can’t do together and together we can help ourselves feel a greater sense of calm – peacefulness and strength.

Mental health problems have been increasing over the recent years and Women tend to be affected more than Men, this could be due to the many roles women tend to play. Being someone wife – partner- daughter – mother and only then OURSELVES. The difference between the two sexes is Women tend to be more likely to seek help and support but there are very few services out there just for Women so we felt this had to change and Women Like Me was born .

GARDEN ANGELS – A project where the team go to others gardens to clear and tidy them, so the garden can be enjoyed by the home owner. We have previously worked in school and care home gardens. This is an extremely rewarding way to volunteer your time and you’ll get a huge sense of satisfaction once the work is completed.

There is no set day or time for these sessions, you will be contacted by the team leader as and when the work is required. No gardening experience is needed to become a Garden Angel, just a willingness to get stuck in to help create a beautiful space for others.

Lowestoft

https://www.women-like-me.co.uk/

Surrey

The Grange at Bookham

Helping people with learning disabilities develop skills in Horticulture and outreach gardening projects.

 The Grange Centre, Rectory Lane, Bookham KT23 4DZ

https://www.grangecentre.org.uk/skills-for-life/horticulture/

The Old Moat Garden Centre and Cafe

A Community based program for local people living with mental ill health, giving them the confidence and skills to get back into work & employment.

The Old Moat Garden Centre and Cafe, Horton lane, Epsom KT19 8PQ

https://www.theoldmoatgardencentre.org.uk/

Orione Care

A day service for people with learning disabilities interested horticulture and art activities. The service is aimed at helping build their social skills and self-esteem.

Molesey Horticulture and Art Services, Orchard Lane, East Molesey, Surrey
KT8 0BN

https://www.orionecare.org/

The Patchworking Garden Project

The Patchworking Garden Project was established in 2014 to bring positive change to people’s lives through the benefits of friendship and gardening.

  • We operate in the stunning natural environment of a walled garden on the northern edge of Dorking with views to Box Hill.
  • Run entirely by volunteers we offer gardening, crafting and the opportunity to learn new skills in a safe and friendly space – or simply to sit and enjoy nature and the company of others.
  • We especially welcome those with a need because of physical or mental health conditions, learning disabilities, dementia, isolation or bereavement.

Pixham Lane, Dorking RH4 1QA

http://patchworkinggardenproject.co.uk/

Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers

Opportunities for participating in voluntary conservation projects in Sutton.

Sutton Ecology Centre Grounds, 4 Tyrell Ct, North St, Carshalton SM5 2HT

https://www.sncv.org.uk/

The Therapy Garden

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for adults with a range of physical disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health challenges.

The Therapy Garden, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, GU3 2DT

https://www.thetherapygarden.org/

Your Space Sutton

Local people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, race or ability, are openly invited to get involved, in helping transform the disused council nursery into a series of interconnected walk through gardens for anyone to come and enjoy at their leisure.

Seears Park Nursery Gardens, St Dunstan’s Hill, Sutton, SM1 2LR

http://www.yourspacesutton.org/home.html

YMCA East Surrey – Redhill

We have a fantastic group of young people with additional needs who love getting their hands dirty on the allotment. Our ‘Don’t Lose the Plot’ initiative helps the young people to learn important life skills, retain information and become active members of the local community, while providing hidden physical activity which benefits them health wise.

YMCA Sports & Community Centre, Princes Road, Redhill, RH1 6JJ

https://www.ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk/

Tyne and Wear

Marie Curie Hospice Gardens

The landscaped gardens of the purpose-built Marie Curie Hospice overlook the Tyne and Gateshead and offer a beautiful, tranquil place for patients and visitors to sit and chat. Rooms open onto a patio garden with gazebo and fountain. There are climbing roses, evergreens and herbaceous perennials.The garden is well maintained by volunteers.

Marie Curie Dr, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6SS

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/hospice-care/newcastle

St Oswald’s Hospice Gardens

The recently redesigned in-patients’ garden is a delightful, tranquil breakout space for patients and their visitors. Reached via the new ‘family room’ and designed around an existing pond, offering plenty of opportunities to sit and reflect on the mix of colours, textures, scents and sounds within it. Planted and maintained by a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers. Wheelchair accessible.

Dunston, Gateshead NE11 9TS

https://www.stoswaldsuk.org/

West Midlands

Caldmore Community Garden

In Caldmore Community Garden you can grow your own food, learn new skills, share what you already know, if you come to Women’s Tuesdays or Men’s Shed. You can also relax, meet new friends and have fun during Community Open Days. It’s a place of potential, and growth from seed to homemade food. It’s as diverse as Caldmore itself – everyone is welcome!

12 Carless St, Walsall WS1 3RH

https://caldmorecommunitygarden.wordpress.com/

Compton Care

Five acre Victorian estate, home to a well-supported hospice. Steeped in history and nestled in the leafy suburbs of Wolverhampton. Formal & informal borders set against a backdrop of mature specimen trees, full of wildlife, ample seating & wheelchair friendly paths. Recently developed Garden of Reflection designed by an award-winning garden designer. Coffee shop, toilets & on-site parking.

4 Compton Road West, Wolverhampton, WV3 9DH

https://www.comptoncare.org.uk/

Marie Curie Hospice – West Midlands

The gardens contain two large, formally laid out patients’ gardens incl a ball fountain water feature and large rose/clematis arches, indoor courtyards, a long border adjoining the car park and a beautiful wildlife and pond area. The volunteer gardening team hope that the gardens provide a peaceful and comforting place for patients, their visitors and staff.

Marsh Ln, Solihull B91 2PQ

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/hospice-care/west-midlands

Martineau Gardens

Martineau Gardens is a beautiful therapeutic community garden and a charity, located two miles from Birmingham city centre. An oasis for wildlife, a haven of tranquillity, a destination for an outdoor escape, there are two and a half acres of organically managed landscape for you to explore.

Therapeutic Horticulture, Community Gardening and Volunteering.

27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG

https://martineau-gardens.org.uk/

Thrive Birmingham

Social and Therepeutic Horticulture Programmes.

Horticultural Training Centre, King’s Heath Park, King’s Heath, Birmingham B14 7TQ

https://www.thrive.org.uk/how-we-help/regional-centres-and-programmes/birmingham

West Sussex

Grow – Chichester

Community gardens and orchards where horticultural therapy sessions and regualr gardening sessions are run for the local community.

The Bishop’s Palace vegetable Plot, Bishop’s Palace gardens, Canon Lane, Chichester PO19 1PX

https://www.transitionchichester.org/grow-chichester/

Growing for all – Petworth

An established community garden in Petworth – promoting healthy lifestyles, caring for the environment, celebrating people’s abilities, and delivering Social and Therapeutic horticulture sessions.

Meadow Way, Petworth GU28 0EP

https://growingforall.org.uk/

Transition – Chichester

A growing group of enthusiastic forward thinking people, keen to promote and embrace change which helps create a sustainable local environment and a more resilient community.dFrom energy to food, from growing to reskilling, TC is the umbrella group for a wide range of exciting and welcoming groups that focus on every aspect of modern life.

The Biodiversity and Pollinator group aims to develop and to action as effectively as possible, plans for increasing and enhancing biodiversity in urban areas of Chichester. Public verges, disused land and Municipal Parks are the immediate areas of concern. More favourable mowing regimes, more pollinator considerate planting and the introduction of wild flower areas wherever possible, working in cooperation with the Council, are key approaches.

http://www.transitionchichester.org/

West Yorkshire

Hyde Park Source

We aim to improve health and well-being through improving the environment. We are committed to increasing the potential of individuals and communities- promoting equality of education and training. We workwith local communities to improve their surroundings, designing and creating attractive, exciting and useful. Hyde Park Source has a long history of providing great volunteering opportunities for a wide range of people. Our work has been supported by Volunteers since we began in 1998 and we place huge importance on this contribution.

We run weekly gardening groups based across Leeds helping you to get Outdoors be Active and feel Well, 2 weekly gardening groups as part of Leeds’ Community Based Mental Health Services, and finally a monthly community action day – everybody welcome!

Hyde Park Source, 2 Rosebank Road, Leeds, LS3 1HH

http://www.hydeparksource.org/

The Kirkwood Hospice

Large, mature formal summer garden, with seasonal interest. Level access with composite pathways draws the visitor around sweeping bed with prairie planting. Lawns leading to mixed beds, labyrinth and pond. Mature trees and shrubs enclose the garden boundaries. Extensive patio and viewing area. Specimen plants as well as favourites, new for 2021 a small wildflower area and allotment.

21 Albany Rd, Huddersfield HD5 9UY

https://www.thekirkwood.org.uk/

Lemon Balm Horticultural Therapy

Lemon Balm gets people gardening through structured programmes that achieve results. We not only create capable gardeners, we also help develop social skills, improve mobility, increase agility, and meet other agreed outcomes.By growing friendships, motor skills, stamina and confidence, we weed out anxiety and feelings of isolation.

Based in Leeds

https://lemonbalm.org.uk/

The Lost Plot

This group is part of the Outdoors Active and Well project, it is linked to the 5-Ways Recovery Academy Forward Leeds. We started this project in July 2016, with a very overgrown plot! We uncovered lots of treasures including fruit trees and bushes, a pond, lots of wood and even some old tools. We took on an adjacent plot in Autumn 2019 and continue to grow a range of fruit and vegetables, herbs and flowers. We also love cooking, going for walks and improving habitats for wildlife on the site too.

The group are a very friendly bunch and always welcomes new members. We named our plot and group ‘The Lost Plot’, because all of us at some point have! We are inspired by Permaculture Design, trying to grow and learn in a sustainable way. The group offers people the opportunity to come together, share and learn skills, improve their health and get to know each other, whilst creating a beautiful and productive space. It also offers people in ‘Sustained Recovery’ an alternative to more conventional talking therapies, as part of their recovery plan.

Hyde Park Source, 2 Rosebank Road, Leeds, LS3 1HH

http://www.hydeparksource.org/the-lost-plot.html

https://www.forwardleeds.co.uk/tag/the-lost-plot/

Roots and Fruits

Roots and Fruits is a Community Gardening Project based at the Rockwell Centre. Our aims are to encourage more people to grow their own food, raise awareness of environmental issues and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Our community allotments are used by local residents and groups to grow vegetables in raised beds and the fresh produce is also used by the Rockwell Café.

We maintain the Thorpe Edge Community Garden which includes a willow dome, a mini-beach area, fruit trees, wildflowers and bushes. The Garden is also used for outdoor play activities, community festivals, social events and picnics.

The Garden is also home to a wide range of insects, birds and wildlife which we encourage through the re-creation of natural habitats. One of the main attractions in the Allotment are the Rockwell Chickens which regularly produce a good supply of fresh eggs. We also have a wildlife pond and Bee hives.

We have a Young Roots and Fruits Project to engage and encourage children and young people to get interested in growing food, the environment and wildlife.

Rockwell Centre, 6 Summerfield Road, Bradford, BD10 8DP

https://www.rockwellcentre.co.uk/projects/roots-fruits/

Wiltshire

Every Cloud Arts and Crafts

Every Cloud is anon-profit making co-operative whose purpose is the promotion of mental, emotional and physical well-being through participation in arts and crafts, nature and gardening.

Stanton Farmhouse, Stanton Country Park, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon, SN6 7SF

https://www.everycloudartscrafts.com/

Jamie’s Farm – Bath

Jamie’s Farm acts as a catalyst for change, enabling disadvantaged young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We do this through a unique residential experience and rigorous follow-up programme, combining farming, family and therapy.
Vulnerable young people nationwide will be better equipped to thrive during secondary school years and beyond. Our powerful formula of Farming, Family and Therapy, delivered via a five-day residential and rigorous follow-up programme, addresses the root causes of exclusion by equipping vulnerable children to thrive during their secondary school years. We work in partnership with all our schools as we recognise that for impact to be greatest, we have to empower and support schools in order to make changes last. Specifically, our programme is designed to improve behaviour, boost engagement and improve well-being by building soft-skills such as self-esteem.

Hill House Farm, Ditteridge, Box, SN13 8QA

https://jamiesfarm.org.uk/

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice Gardens

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice provides respite care for children with life-threatening or limiting conditions. Our garden has been designed so the children can experience and enjoy different sensory elements and is cared for by our volunteer gardeners.

Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes SN10 2AT

https://www.juliashouse.org/

River Bourne Community Farm

River Bourne Community Farm is a free to visit, city farm including fifty four acres of beautiful water meadows. Our main focus is educating young people and serving the local community by providing volunteering opportunities, a friendly, relaxed meeting place and by hosting regular events for everyone to enjoy.

Cow Lane, Laverstock, Salisbury, SP1 2SR

https://www.riverbournecommunityfarm.org.uk/

Twigs Community Gardens

TWIGS Community Gardens are a colourful and vibrant set of gardens in the heart of Swindon. They are managed by TWIGS as a resource to give people who experience mental health problems the chance to regain confidence, self-esteem and to learn new skills. The gardens provide plenty of different ideas to take home to your own garden, along with plants and craft goods to enhance it.

Manor Garden Centre site, Cheney Manor, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2QJ

https://twigscommunitygardens.org.uk/

Worcestershire

Acorns Children’s Hospice Gardens

1½ acres designed for the benefit of children and young people with life limiting illnesses and their families. Incl play areas, raised beds for young people to plant vegetables, tranquil memorial garden with gentle stream and memorial pebbles for children who have passed away and an enclosed bedroom garden set aside for recently bereaved families. Acers, silver birch and other trees and shrubs feature.

1 High St, Southam CV47 0HA

https://www.acorns.org.uk/


NORTHERN IRELAND

County Antrim

Blossoms at Larne Lough

At Blossoms, we have a passion for delivering interesting and engaging sessions that are practical, hands on, informative and most of all enjoyable. We offer a range of programmes, courses and workshops throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Blossoms at Larne Lough146 Shore Road, Maghermorne, Larne, BT40 3HY

https://www.blossomsatlarnelough.org/

Grow NI

GROW is a small charity working with communities to create community gardens in their area. It’s as much about growing community as it is about growing food and flowers. As we develop, we try out new things and if it works it becomes part of our model. So cooking and eating together is now a big part of what we do in our weekly sessions! We try to bring those who may be isolated, suffering with mental or physical health issues, or those who just want to spend a bit more time outdoors together, all while enriching the local area. Currently, we have two gardens – one at The Waterworks in North Belfast, and one at Camberwell Court where we work with older people (60+). In addition to our weekly sessions, we hold community events which are open to all the community.

Camberwell Court, Camberwell Court Fold, 171 Limestone Road, Belfast, BT15 3BH

Newington Day Centre, 31-35 Atlantic Avenue, Belfast, BT15 2HN

http://www.grow-ni.org/

Incredible Edibles Cloughmills

This project teaches people about gardening, wildlife and growing food. It enables every age group in the village to come together to learn about nature and care for their environment. The initial spark was to clear some waste ground behind the Corner House bar and turn it into a small allotment garden and a haven for wildlife, complete with a bug hotel. The project was intergenerational involving the schools, parents and grandparents. Everyone had a role to play whether it was digging, banging or just watering the plants and the older residents appreciated the veggie boxes delivered by the young people.

Cloughmills Community Action Team, 5 Rosemount, Cloughmills, BT44 9LU

http://www.cloughmills.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/CloughmillsCAT/

Incredible Edibles – Newtownabbey

Incredible Edible Newtownabbey is an exciting new initiative that brings fresh fruit and vegetables to our community through our Community Gardens and through growing our own produce at home.Our Community Gardens (starting in Rathcoole) will allow everyone and anyone to learn the skills they need to start growing their own food. The best part? Every member of the community will be able to harvest whatever fruit and vegetables are growing in our gardens and take them home for free. We want to connect the community, young and old, together through food, providing skills that have been lost through the generations and reconnecting everyone with nature. We have a right to real fresh produce, not to the produce you’d buy ‘fresh’ in the supermarket but was in fact picked three weeks ago, sprayed with a bunch of chemicals and flown 6000 miles. So, we’re working alongside the council and the NIHE to make better use of our vacant land that is either too big to maintain or too small to build anything on and planting fresh produce in it’s place.

Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, BT37 9BJ

https://www.facebook.com/IncredibleEdibleNAbbey/

Jubilee Community Farm

We practice and promote care farming, community-supported agriculture (CSA), and conservation education and engagement, with people of all backgrounds and beliefs at Jubilee Farm.

Our care farming services focus on human health and wellbeing, notably the many benefits – physical, mental, social and spiritual – that come from working with animals, plants, soil and other people in community.

In idyllic and accessible surroundings, we offer a range of activities with small supervised groups of up to 3 – 4 individuals.

Funded by various parts of the Irish Church, our groundbreaking CARE (Care farming for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the Environment) project is the first of its kind to work with this service user group in Northern Ireland.

50 Glenburn Rd, Glynn, Larne, BT40 3JY

https://www.jubilee.coop/

County Down

The Cabbage Patchers

Working in the community for the community’s health and well-being.Delivering community gardening , health workshops and events. They have transformed once neglected back alleys into havens of nature and sanctuary to socially distance for neighbours!

c/o 54 Summerhill, Warrenpoint, BT34 3JB

https://www.facebook.com/thecabbagepatchers/?ref=page_internal

County Fermanagh

Dolan’s Social Farm

Social Farming & Care farming are the practices of offering family farms and farming as a form of social service. The farm is not a specialized treatment farm; rather the farm remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farms’ activities in a non-clinical environment. It can also reconnect farmers with their local communities through the opening up of their farms as part of the social support system of the community.

Dolan`s Social Farm, 50 Glennasheevar rd, Knockaraven, Garrison, BT934AA

https://dolanssocialfarm.com/

County Tyrone

Strathroy Community Garden and Shed

Strathroy Community Garden & Shed was been established to provide health & wellbeing programmes in the local community. Supporting people who may be isolated or suffering from depression/anxiety. Providing a range of indoor & outdoor gardening and alternative therapies to promote health and relaxation.

Strathroy Park, Omagh, BT79 7JE

https://strathroycommunitygarden.org/


SCOTLAND

Scotland already has its own directory – visit:

https://www.trellisscotland.org.uk/

….for a comprehensive list of projects available, and much much more.


WALES

Conwy

CAIS

CAIS aims to make positive changes in the lives of people affected by drugs, alcohol and other life challenges, through a range of services and support delivered by skilled and experienced staff, in the belief that people can and do change”

CAIS is a registered charity and leading voluntary sector provider of drug and alcohol services in Wales. We help people who are having problems with their alcohol or drug use, as well as offering support and information to their families and friends. Our wide range of services includes residential treatment and rehabilitation, one-to-one counselling, peer mentoring, supporting people in their homes, assisting people back into work or education, group work and brief motivational interventions. We can also offer a comprehensive range of training courses, together with training and support for employers.

CAIS, Tŷ Dafydd Alun, 36 Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay.   LL29 8LA

https://www.cais.co.uk/#

Cyfle Cymru

CAIS is a drug and alcohol and mental health charity serving the whole of Wales. Amongst the services it offers is the Cyfle Cymru Gardening Project that covers the whole of North Wales and has numerous community gardens inc. Anglesey, Llandudno, Rhos on Sea, St Asaph, Mold , Wrexham etc. We offer Therapeutic Horticulture and Green Care along with volunteering opportunities and training courses.

12 Trinity Square, Llandudno, LL30 2RA

http://dacw.co.uk/en/

Denbighshire

Denbigh in Bloom

Denbigh in Bloom was formed in January 2016 with a handful of volunteers who all wanted to enhance the town’s historic beauty, clean up some very shabby looking areas and encourage shoppers and visitors to spend their time here.​

Slowly but surely, the group has built up a roster of projects with a clear emphasis on brightening our local environment for the benefit of everyone – including the local wildlife. ​

Today, the group has over 30 regular volunteers who get involved in a range of activities.  Not everyone considers themselves to be a gardener, but everyone enthusiastically rolls their sleeves up to dig, weed, litter pick, cover a stall at an event selling plants or merchandise, provide hands on support to local schools who help us grow our plants or set up the planters on the High Street.​

Over the last three years we have focused on taking on new projects in different areas around the town, whilst ensuring that we have the cover to maintain the areas that were our first forays into getting Denbigh blooming. 

Budget cuts across Town and County Councils have had a massive impact on our green environment, with many areas left looking neglected or displays removed altogether.  By working together, we are aiming to turn that around!  ​

We are always looking for more volunteers, so if you would like to get involved, get in touch!  Everyone is welcome.

The Carpet Emporium at, 25 High St, Denbigh LL16 3HY

https://www.denbighinbloom.com/

Edeyrnion Allotments and Community Growers

Edeyrnion Allotments & Community Growers was set up in late 2018, in response to local interest in starting up an allotment site in Corwen, North East Wales.

Our aim is to bring together those residents of Corwen and the Edeyrnion who want to be able to grow their own produce, whether at home or on an allotment plot. We have worked successfully with Denbighshire County Council to secure the use of our new allotment site in Corwen.

The allotment site was cleared and plots laid out by the council in early January 2019.

We are working raise funds to supply a number of communal facilities on the site, including (for example) a water source, composting facilities, and a shared-access shed with a selection of tools which can be used by EACG members.

Greenfield Road, Ruthin, LL15 1EN

https://www.eacg.wales/

Dyfed

Skanda Vale Hospice Garden

A tranquil garden of approximately 1acre, built for therapy, relaxation and fun. Maintained by volunteers, the lawns and glades link garden buildings with willow spiral, wildlife pond, colourful borders, sculptures and stained glass. Planting schemes of blue and gold at entrance inspire calm and confidence, leading to brighter red, orange and white. Hospice facilities open for visitors to view.

Saron Rd, Llandysul SA44 5DY

https://www.skandavalehospice.org/

Flintshire

Saint Kentigern Hospice Gardens

Recently updated as part of a major expansion project, St Kentigern Hospice has a number of gardens built into the Hospice grounds including a number of open courtyards.

Upper Denbigh Rd, Saint Asaph LL17 0RS

https://stkentigernhospice.org.uk/

Gwent

Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden Community

We are a group of volunteers which includes a number of staff and ex staff of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, who are working with the Health Board on a project to restore and redesign the old Victorian walled garden at Llanfrechfa Grange. 

Volunteering will provide individuals with an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, and enjoy the social, emotional and physical benefits of regular gardening activities. Our volunteers will also be invited to the community’s garden events and an annual ‘thank you’ celebration.

Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden, Llanfrechfa Grange, Cwmbran, Torfaen,  NP44 8YN

https://llanfrechfawalledgarden.wordpress.com/

Gwynedd

Antur Aelhaeam

Community garden project – to promote and maintain the existence as a community of the village of Llanaelhaearn and the associated district, and in particular to halt and reverse the trend towards depopulation.

Llanaelhaearn, Caernarfon, Wales, LL54 5BH

Growing For Change

Organic salad & veg growing social enterprise based in Bangor, N.Wales, working with people in recovery from substance misuse & with mental illness

https://www.instagram.com/growing_for_change/

https://www.facebook.com/GrowingForChangeMaesg/

Monmouthshire

Friends of Linda VistaGardens

We initiate projects and work with MCC to achieve them. This involves practical work (designing beds, buying plants and trees, planting them, looking after them), applying for grants, communicating with the public, and so on. We are introducing regular working sessions each fortnight for weeding and tidying, and other jobs. Please contact us or look us up on Twitter for dates and times!

So far, our major projects have been:

  • Putting new, more welcoming signs at the entrances.
  • Creating two board-walks, one across an area prone to flooding, the other to create and accessible route down the slope from the Byefield Lane car park entrance.
  • Planting a bog garden beside the first board walk.
  • Creating a play-bed and planting a living willow tunnel.
  • Installing gates into Castle Meadows.
  • Labelling the more interesting trees.
  • Planting trees each year by the current Mayor of Abergavenny.
  • Replacing some of the old and tired rose beds with colour-themed beds.
  • Revitalising the “flower basket”.

Linda Vista Gardens, Abergavenny NP7 5DL

http://www.monmouthshiregreenweb.co.uk/friends-of-linda-vista-gardens

Greenfingers – Melville Centre

Disability gardening project Green Fingers, based on the Melville Centre, Abergavenny is helping to brighten up local communities and Monmouthshire County Council offices with fantastic planters filled with beautiful blooms. The project is part of the My Day My Life initiative led by Monmouthshire County Council and aims to empower people with learning and physical disabilities to learn new skills and meet new friends.

Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD

https://melvillecentre.org.uk/organisations/green-fingers/

Incredible Edible – Usk

Behind the single storey building in the car park at County Hall, Usk is an area of land that  has been transformed from an un-loved overgrown wilderness into an area complete with an apiary, pollinator garden areas, refurbished green house and 9 raised community food growing beds.  The transformation came about because of a vision and a lot of hard work from  colleagues in MCC and some very welcome Welsh Government Nature Funding.

We will be working in partnership with Gwent Bee Keepers, My Day My Life projects from Abergavenny and Monmouth plus Mencap Chepstow and all the gardening volunteers from MCC – we would like to know if anyone else would like to work on this area, planting, growing, weeding and keeping the ethos of organic gardening methods to help provide habitats and food for all pollinators.

County Hall, Rhadyr, Usk NP15 1GA

https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/incredible-edible-usk/

Jamie’s Farm – Monmouth

Jamie’s Farm acts as a catalyst for change, enabling disadvantaged young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We do this through a unique residential experience and rigorous follow-up programme, combining farming, family and therapy.
Vulnerable young people nationwide will be better equipped to thrive during secondary school years and beyond. Our powerful formula of Farming, Family and Therapy, delivered via a five-day residential and rigorous follow-up programme, addresses the root causes of exclusion by equipping vulnerable children to thrive during their secondary school years. We work in partnership with all our schools as we recognise that for impact to be greatest, we have to empower and support schools in order to make changes last. Specifically, our programme is designed to improve behaviour, boost engagement and improve well-being by building soft-skills such as self-esteem. 

Duffields Farm, Redbrook, Monmouth, NP25 4LU

https://jamiesfarm.org.uk/

Middle Ninfa Bunkhouse and Campsite

3 acre smallholding on the middle slopes of the Blorenge mountain. Eco-campsite with 11 pitches and 6-bed bunkhouse. Normally have Wwoofers to help maintain 9 acres of young woodland, willow withy beds, orchard and raised beds of vegetables. Some Volunteering opportunities.

Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE

http://middleninfa.co.uk/

Nant y Bedd

Nant y Bedd is a 6.5 acre organic garden and woodland located at 1200 feet up in the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Slowly but surely the garden has grown and evolved with various projects being added over the last 40 years, including the natural swimming pond, the shepherd’s hut, tree-sculpture. The aim is to foster an understanding of organic and sustainable gardening and lifestyle through visits (including from local Mental Health Units and Brecon MIND), talks, courses which further this aim.  

Nant y Bedd, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7LY

https://nantybedd.com/nantybedd/

Pembrokeshire

Farms for City Children – Lower Treginnis

Farms for City Children aims to encourage learning, to raise self-esteem, and to enrich young lives by providing a safe and welcoming setting where children and their teachers together get involved for a whole week in the working life of a real farm with real farmers. 

The main objectives underpinning our aims are as follows:

Understanding farming, the countryside and food production.
Social and emotional development through teamwork.
Immersion and total involvement through a whole seven-day stay a ‘world away’.
Celebrating success and building self-worth through work and the completion of tasks.
Learning about healthy eating.
Using practical, hands-on learning outside the classroom to enhancing the requirements of the national curriculum.
Drawing on the farm experience and the charity’s literary heritage to promote literacy and storytelling.
Building and developing relationships.
Addressing poverty of experience arising not just from economic and social deprivation, but also from the effects of increasing materialism. 

Lower Treginnis, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6RS

https://farmsforcitychildren.org/

Powys

BRACE

Building Resilience Against Climate Emergency. Community building, resilience, food production, education, networking and sustainability.

BRACE, Llanfyllin, SY22 5AG

http://www.brace.cymru/

Gerddi Bro Ddyfi Gardens

Gerddi Bro Ddyfi Gardens provides and promotes a therapeutic community wildlife garden for all people in the Bro Ddyfi area, and especially those at risk of social exclusion.

There are raised vegetable beds, a shelter, a pond, a wildflower meadow and many other features, creating a beautiful, therapeutic wildlife community garden in the heart of Machynlleth.

We provide a combination of weekly drop-in sessions and one-off projects and workshops, which are open to anyone who wanted to learn more about things such as wildflower and insect identification, tool repair and maintenance, scything, willow-weaving, seasonal planting, and much more.

Y Plas Machynlleth, Aberystwyth Road, Machynlleth, SY20 8ER

https://www.gerddibroddyfigardens.co.uk/index.html

The Court Community Garden Project

The garden was started in 2017 by a small group of residents with the aim of helping to build biodiversity and create an enhanced living space for both residents and wildlife, in a communally shared garden area. The garden is set centrally amongst a small cluster of sheltered housing flats for the elderly and disabled.

Lant Avenue, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LA

CULTIVATE

Cultivate is a cooperative, run by volunteers and employees who are dedicated to supporting a resilient local food economy. We support our community by nurturing local businesses, promoting sustainable land management and connecting people to local food. Passionate about people & plants, growing & gathering, cooking & community.Grow – community gardens, allotments. Eat – Shop, Deli, Café, Kitchen. Share – courses, volunteering, projects.

13, High Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NX

https://www.cultivate.uk.com/

The Green Minds Project

The Green Minds project is a community ecotherapy service based at Brecon & District Mind. We support adults with existing mental health challenges or those at risk of becoming mentally unwell. Activities include walking, community gardening, conservation & green crafts. We also provide services via our website such as a regular community blog and online nature-based wellbeing courses & activities. Please get in touch to find out more.

The Green Minds Project. Ty Croeso St Davids House ​48 Free Street Brecon Powys LD3 7BN

https://www.brecongreenminds.co.uk/