Gardening and growing is good for us all! It is good for our physical and mental health, for reducing stress and helping to tackle challenging behaviour. It can also help to build confidence and develop a range of employability skills.
Thyme To Be is the latest in a number of social and therapeutic horticulture projects from Garden Organic. The project, funded by the Bupa UK Foundation and run in conjunction with The Carers Trust Heart of England, invites carers in Coventry and Warwickshire to join regular gardening sessions led by Garden Organic’s horticultural therapy experts.
The Garden Organic Food Poverty Project: 'Southwark, London' works with families on low incomes who live in the most deprived areas of the London Borough of Southwark. The projects works with families who are at risk of food poverty, or who have accessed a food bank in the past. Master Gardeners, trained by Garden Organic, teach a variety of organic growing techniques in order to support residents throughout the growing season. The Master Gardeners discuss the benefits of "growing your own" food with new growers, offer organic horticultural advice and ensure new growers have access to the information and resources they need.
The Growing Buddies scheme has been developed specifically with vulnerable target groups/residential settings in mind. Growing Buddies are enthusiastic champions within a community or a local housing estate that can share their experiences and encourage targeted beneficiaries to get involved in growing food as part of a healthy active lifestyle. Growing Buddies volunteer their time to support others to have a go at growing food in their residential communities, on their windowsills and if appropriate in their community green spaces.
The Rye Hill Garden Project is delivered by Garden Organic’s Master Gardener programme team, and works in conjunction with Substance Misuse Services (SMS) and G4S, which operates the prison, and is funded by Public Health England (Northamptonshire).
Sowing New Seeds captures, preserves and disseminates the skills for growing multicultural crops. It has built a resource of knowledge and seeds and brought diverse communities together through growing and cooking.
Over 500 Master Composter volunteers from around the UK have so far been trained to spread the home composting message through Garden Organic's sustainable waste programme. An associated area of work is our hens@home mentoring scheme.
Our Master Gardeners support individuals to grow food in their gardens, allotments, windowsills, workplaces and other community growing spaces. This brings a wide variety of health benefits as individuals get more exercise, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and food miles are reduced.
If you've not grown anything before then now is the time! We're encouraging everyone to 'give it a grow' and grow something tasty you can eat.
We are working in partnership with The Three Counties Traditional Orchards Project to raise awareness about traditional orchards in local communities. Our volunteers offer support to people who own or manage traditional orchards by offering advice and encouragement for their restoration.
Growth is a well established project, run from Ryton Organic Gardens to support adults with learning difficulties. We have a number of clients who visit the gardens on a weekly basis and engage in a variety of horticultural tasks and creative projects.
Garden Organic is the lead body for the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER Programme. This is a grant funding programme which aims to create a strong sense of ‘place’ and thus create sustainable and inclusive communities.