Thrive Birmingham

Thrive delivers Social and Therapeutic Horticulture programmes in the former TV gardens in Kings Heath Park, Birmingham.

We have places for stroke survivors and people living with a brain injury on a new gardening programme.

The benefits of gardening with us include improved physical health, strength and stamina, mobility, balance, fine and gross motor skills, better sleep, and a reduction in pain and sleep medication.  Please get in touch for more information.

Students from two local special needs schools attend our Grow and Learn programme and all are studying City & Guilds Level 1 in Practical Horticulture Skills.  More here.

We provide general social and therapeutic horticulture sessions to gardeners with varying needs on who are making positive changes to their lives. If you think this would benefit you or someone you know, please get in touch.

In May 2017 we started a Sow and Grow programme bringing people together to garden with the aim of reducing social isolation.

NEW: Women's-only garden group

Gardening for Good Health is a pilot programme that we have developed to support women who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence, or rape. 

It will be carried out in a secure area of Kings Heath Park and the aim is to use therapeutic gardening sessions to help women who have experienced these crimes, to help them rebuild their lives and regain confidence in a social environment. More details here.

*** URGENT: Volunteers needed in Birmingham *** 

Thrive Birmingham is looking for more volunteers to help out during the week to support our therapists but we have a particular need for the following:

Health in Justice Programme at HMP Hewell, Redditch
Working with prisoners with mental health support needs in the prison garden areas
Every Tuesday for a full year, starting this Autumn.
Two sessions - morning and afternoons. 

We need a volunteer to support our therapist on each session (a prison officer would be with the group at all times), previous experience working in prisons or with offenders would be beneficial. Details here.

Gardening for Good Health Programme at Kings Heath Park
Every Tuesday starting on October 10, 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm
We need four female volunteers to who will be working with women who have suffered domestic violence or sexual abuse. Details here.

Grow & Learn programme
Every Tuesday and Wednesday during school term time.
Working with students aged 14-19 with physical and learning disabilities to support our therapists between 9.30am – 3.30pm.

Admin support at Kings Heath Park
Monday and Wednesday between 9am – 3pm
Knowledge of MS Office and Excel essential and being able to research information on the internet.

Please get in touch with the Birmingham team on 0121 293 4531 or email

Summer Garden Clubs - register your interest

Thanks to support from Children In Need we offer a series of summer garden activities for young people aged 7 to 15. Come and join us for pond dipping, bug hunting, growing seeds and lots of other fun and interesting activities.

Get in touch if you know a youngster who would like to join us in 2018 Phone 0121 293 4531 during office hours, or email our team

GARDEN TOURS: Visit the former TV gardens in Kings Heath Park every Friday until October 27 at 11am and 1pm. Each tour lasts 20 minutes and gives a history of the TV gardens, information about Thrive and the programmes we run. The tours are free but donations are welcome and you should book onto them by calling the office on 0121 293 4531.

PLANT & VEG BOX SALES: Every Friday (until October 27) - 11am-noon and 1pm-2pm

Sales are at the gates to the TV gardens and all hosted by clients supported by volunteers.

BBC GARDENERS WORLD LIVE 2017: Students from our Grow and Learn programme designed a garden called 'Life and Times of Miss Potter' and it won a 'Silver Merit Medal'.

: Thrive Birmingham is fortunate to work in the former TV gardens (once used by Gardeners' World) – but we need your help to maintain them! We are looking for volunteers to help between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday only.

Our office is based in the pavilion next to the Horticultural Training Centre in the park but the majority of our work takes place in the TV gardens.

Why not give volunteering a go? We hold volunteer taster days, the second Monday of each month between 10:30 and 12:30pm.

Give the office a call on 0121 293 4531 for more information.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Days

Why not bring your team to Thrive, Birmingham for a fun and rewarding day? Spend time working with us in the fresh air and see how we use gardening to make positive changes to people's lives.
For more information about what we can offer your company click here.

For more information contact:

Amanda Fields
Horticultural Training Centre
Kings Heath Park
B14 7TQ

0121 293 4531

07585 954031