The Thrive Trunkwell Garden Project is located in beautiful countryside in the village of Beech Hill, near Reading, Berkshire, and is set in a Victorian walled garden next to Thrive’s head office.
Thrive therapists work with more than 100 disabled people each year ranging in age from 14 to 70 years. Thrive gardeners travel to the Project from across Berkshire, North Hampshire, Surrey and South Oxfordshire. They may have learning disabilities, mental health needs including dementia, a physical disability or a sensory disability such as partial sight or deafness.
The garden is designed to help disabled gardeners develop their skills with a variety of plants and has areas for growing herbs, fruit and vegetables, butterfly and woodland gardens, a glasshouse and polytunnels, a bee border, a tree nursery, a large wildlife pond and a shop selling plants grown at the project.
The Thrive Trunkwell Garden Project is approved to offer City and Guilds
vocational qualifications to Level 1 and we are always delighted when
gardeners move on to further study, to use their skills as a volunteer
or to get a job in horticulture.
Trunkwell is home to our Garden Gallery - five small gardens designed around a specific disability showing how design and planting can meet those needs. Four of the five gardens have been built - we are currently raising funds to complete the fifth.
In addition to our work with Thrive gardeners on site, the Trunkwell Garden Project also delivers a number of restricted income projects helping disabled people across a wider area.
For more information on the way we can help disabled people contact the Garden Manager, on 0118 988 4844.