Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people.
We help people who want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or who may to access our own structured horticultural therapy programmes, currently available at Beech Hill (Reading), Battersea (London), Kings Heath (Birmingham) and Saltwell Park (Gateshead).
A research programme underpins Thrive’s work to provide evidence and improve understanding.
Gardening can help individuals accomplish many things. It can help rebuild a person’s strength after an accident or illness, and can provide a purposeful activity for someone coping with a difficult period in their life. It can lift moods and help people to connect with others, reducing isolation by forming friendships and improve communications skills.
People can learn new things, gain qualifications in horticulture and improve skills such as initiative, co-operation, patience, concentration as well as numeracy and literacy skills.
Gardens provide restorative environments and getting outside promotes recovery from stress and helps restore the ability to focus attention.
Read about our latest achievements here.