Client gardeners attend our therapeutic gardening programmes in one of four gardens within Battersea Park - the Main Garden (where you'll find our office), the Herb Garden, the Winter Garden and the Old English Garden.
We use an approach called social and therapeutic horticulture (STH), where our team of trained horticultural therapists work with plants and people to improve an individual’s physical and psychological health, communication and thinking skills.
The horticultural therapists, together with our dedicated volunteers, take a person-centred approach; they work in a variety of ways - in small groups, which maintain good ratios so that the therapeutic intervention is maximised, on a 1-1 basis for people who may require additional support at times, and also in larger groups, where there may be more of a focus on social interaction, facilitated discussion and group learning.
People come to us by many different paths. Some are referred by Social Services or support workers, or via another health care professionals such as their GP.
We also welcome people who come independently or are referred by a family member, school or another charity. Whatever the referral route, we can discuss individual needs to ensure the programme options are appropriate.
We also run gardening projects in community settings across London; currently
Social and therapeutic horticulture programmes are designed and implemented specifically in accordance with the requirements of each location to accommodate the needs of the service users and the space that is available.
We are always interested in exploring opportunities to deliver outreach work and the first steps would be for a visit from our Garden & Client Manager to view the project and discuss the opportunity. Get in touch today!
Our office is located in Battersea Park, in the 'Main Garden' on East Carriage Drive.
c/o Parks Office, Battersea Park
Albert Bridge Road
Tel: 020 7720 2212
You can find out more in this interactive leaflet.