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The group was established by Natural England in March 2022 with support from The National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP), to explore how to grow the Therapeutic Horticulture offer and to support the scaling up of Green Social Prescribing.

The Group is currently convened by Thrive with support from Natural England. It brings together leading organisations and professionals in this field with representation from Natural England, NASP, NHS England, academics, health care professionals, Thrive, Trellis, and other organisations who support the provision of social and therapeutic horticulture.

Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) services are a core part of the nation’s healthcare offer

  • ­Available for people with a defined need
  • Accessed via robust referral processes
  • ­Available in clinical, community, and educational settings
  • ­Led by practitioners who are supported to develop their professional practice
  • Ben Thomas - CEO Thrive
  • Caroline Emmerson - Principal Adviser, Health and Environment, Natural England
  • Dave Solly - National Lead for the Natural Environment, NASP (now Senior Adviser Health and Environment, Natural England)
  • Dr Anne Hunt - CEO, Council for Learning Outside The Classroom
  • Dr Carly Wood - Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Essex
  • Dr Michelle Howarth - Senior Engagement Fellow, Edgehill University
  • Dr Rachel Bragg - Consultant and advocate for Green Care & care farming
  • Dr Richard Claxton - GP and creator of gardening4health directory
  • Emma Myers - Horticultural Therapist, Homerton NHS Trust / School Food Matters / self-employed
  • Fiona Thackery - CEO, Trellis
  • Jenny Bailey - Green Prescribing Mental Health Trust Lead for @Nottshealthcare, Nottingham CVS
  • Jo Sage - Wellbeing Programme Development Manager, Royal Horticultural Society
  • John Preston - Development Manager, TCV
  • Kathryn Rossiter - independent consultant and Chair of THSG
  • Liz Bunting - Former Legal and Operations Manager, The National Allotment Society
  • Sam Alford - Head of Nature Connections, Eden Project (former Green Social Prescribing pilot manager from NHS England)
  • Steve Thompson- Head of Communities Operations, MHA