As a volunteer-led project, volunteers are integral to the ethos, development and maintenance of the therapeutic garden. Volunteers of all walks of life are welcome to participate in this project. We do not expect new volunteers to be an expert, or even to have any previous gardening experience.
Garden volunteers can be involved with daily gardening tasks; delivering workshops and activities; designing new areas of garden development; planning and running events and welcoming visitors to the garden. We are always keen to build on volunteer’s interests, skills and experience and therefore encourage suggestions and ideas – if there is something you would like to be involved in, let us know!
As well as garden volunteers, we have developed a number of groups to support the development of the project. If you have interests or skills in any of the following areas, and would like to get involved, please get in touch: Garden development, Wildlife, Funding and Finance, Volunteer Development and Events and Promotion.
We welcome groups to the garden, either to participate in garden activities, or to enjoy the garden and woodland. We can host workshops for many ages and abilities; sessions can be ongoing or one-off and are completely free. Alternatively you may like to use the garden and/or leaf room for your own workshop or activity (outdoor skills, yoga, art etc.)
We work with a range of groups, schools and nurseries throughout the year, delivering activities in gardening (propagation, composting, vegetable growing etc), craft (mosaic, willow weaving, paper craft etc.) and wildlife (tree walks, bird watching, insect identification etc.) We can also host a tour of the garden - or come to you to give a talk about the work we do.
Have a look at our calendar to see upcoming open workshops. Previous workshops have included drawing, mindfulness, yoga, dowsing, metal detecting, healthy eating, mosaic and many more!
We accept referrals (social prescribing) from GP’s, occupational therapists and other organisations. If you know someone who you think might benefit from therapeutic gardening, please get in touch. We can arrange for you to visit with your friend / relative / patient, before making any commitment. We can also provide relevant risk assessments and health and safety information.
We are keen to hear from people who have an interest in supporting volunteers who require extra assistance. Our Garden Mentors provide support and encouragement through working alongside those with physical or mental health problems. For more information, please see our Garden Mentor role descriptor.
Our own evaluations have shown that the vast majority of garden participants feel an improvement in the areas of health, physical activity, wellbeing and self-esteem. From our volunteers:
“Gets me out of the house and lets me learn new stuff. I enjoy being with my friends” “It’s a good group, good camaraderie. I enjoy being part of a team.” “Getting outdoors, in the fresh air, meeting other people. It’s helping me to lose weight for the first time in years”
“Great for de-stressing. Keeps me busy doing things, keeping occupied, takes my mind of the stresses of life."
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