Thrive Battersea Garden Project

Thrive's horticultural therapists offer gardening programmes to over 200 Londoners in our three gardens in Battersea Park and through community based outreach projects.

We have a fantastic space for gardeners, volunteers and staff in Battersea Park at our Main Garden on East Carriage Drive. Our Royal Patron HRH Princess Alexandra performed the official opening in October 2014. Click here for the story and pictures. 

We also work in the Herb Garden which is near the Albert Gate entrance to the Park. Thrive arrived in 2002 when the garden was a derelict space. Since then we have designed and created a garden which shows the diversity and beauty that can be achieved in a garden using culinary, medicinal and therapeutic plants.We're being assisted funding-wise by Boursin.

The focal point of the garden is a wonderful Alitex glasshouse which is used for propagation and for tender plants like salads and tomatoes.

Gardeners also work in the Old English Garden.

Work to regenerate this garden and fund our gardeners on the Working it Out programme was met by Jo Malone Limited and designed by Sarah Price whose vision for the Old English Garden has radically transformed it into a blooming hub for the community. More here.

The Battersea Garden Project is approved to offer City and Guilds vocational qualifications to Level 2 and we are always delighted when Thrive gardeners move on to further study, to use their skills as a volunteer or to get a job in horticulture.

For more information on the wide range of gardening activities and support we provide for disabled people, click on the links below or contact the office on 020 7720 2212.

We offer programmes which are specifically designed to develop work and volunteer skills in Battersea and other areas of London. They are:

  • Working it Out - vocational training and support to enable unemployed disabled Londoners to overcome their barriers to employment and access job opportunities in London's parks, gardening or horticulture
  • Grow and Learn - work shadowing and support to help 16-25 year olds gain a level 1 qualification and develop their work skills.
  • Growing Options - individual development and vocational training for 14-16 year olds with special needs
  • Life After Stroke - helps stroke survivors improve their mental and physical health by working with horticultural therapists at Thrive.