Thrive Battersea Garden Project

We offer gardening programmes to over 200 Londoners in four fantastic gardens in Battersea Park, and at community based outreach projects.

Our Main Garden on East Carriage Drive is also where our London office is based.

Royal Patron HRH Princess Alexandra performed the official opening in October 2014. Click here for the story and pictures.

Thrive also work in the Herb Garden near the Albert Gate entranceto the Park. We arrived in 2002 when the garden was aderelict space. Since then we have designed and created agarden which shows the diversity and beauty that can beachieved in a garden using culinary, medicinal andtherapeutic plants. We're being assisted funding-wise by Boursin.

The focal point of the garden is a wonderful glasshouse whichis used for propagation and for tender plants like saladsand tomatoes.


The stunning Old English Garden was regenerated in 2012thanks to the support of Jo Malone Limited and designer Sarah Pricewhose vision for the garden transformed it into a blooming hub for thecommunity to enjoy.

It is maintained by Thrive gardeners and gives theopportunity for our qualification groups to carry out a wide range ofwork, from restorative measures to planting a large amount of bulbs andseeds. More here.

In spring 2016, we embarked on a partnership with Quadron, the parkmaintenance contractor for the London Borough of Wandsworth to take onresponsibility for the maintenance of Battersea Park’s Winter Garden.

This partnership supports delivery of a 6-month Winter Garden Pathwayprogramme (as well as a further programme delivering a "Working it Out"Level 1 City & Guilds qualification in Practical HorticultureSkills). The Winter Garden is an ideal location to deliver programmesfor those whose mental health requires a supportive and safeenvironment.

The Battersea Garden Project is approved to offer City andGuilds vocational qualifications Level 1 and Level 2 and we are alwaysdelighted when Thrive gardeners move on to further study, to use theirskills as a volunteer or to get a job in horticulture.

For more information on the wide range of gardeningactivities and support we provide for disabled people, click on thelinks below, email us or phone 020 7720 2212.

We have FREE spaces on our funded programmes and can offer gardening sessions to clients. If youwant to refer yourself or know someone who could benefit, please get intouch.

Current programmes:

  • 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
  • Life After Stroke - helps stroke survivors improve their mental and physical health by working with horticultural therapists at Thrive
  • Spice it up - For adults whose mental health means they need an environment designed to minimise stress and anxiety. As the clients benefit from this non-qualification environment, the horticultural therapist can assess them and route them to the appropriate qualification
  • Women Only Gardening Programme - Free programme starting April 18th 2017 that could lead to a City and Guilds qualification in Practical Horticulture is led by a female horticultural therapist
  • General sessions - Available for adults with a variety of conditions such as autism, physical disability, mental ill health and learning difficulties

Projects off-site:

  • NatureScope - we have team up with the One Trust to provide local day service users the chance to learn about conservation, ecology and gardening
  • Aurora Centre - is a college for young people with special educational needs. We help college leavers return on Friday's and maintain their garden space which helps with transition
  • Queen Mary's Hostel - We visit once a week working with the gardening group to carry out maintenance and seasonal activities to renovate the garden and create a sanctuary