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Find out how we're affected by and responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated 27th January 2021

Client programmes and centres

Following the announcement of another national lockdown, our Senior Management team have met to consider the implications for the organisation and they discussed the situation with the Board of Trustees.

The new coronavirus variant means we are now dealing with a very different situation to that which allowed us to continue to stay open to deliver our programmes so safely and effectively up to December 2020.

The current exemptions to the current lockdown do still allow us to remain open for delivery. However, after very careful consideration and assessment of the risks, we have taken the decision to close all 3 of our centres until further notice. We will continue to review the situation and contact our client gardeners and volunteers directly, as well updating this page as soon as possible to advise when we can reopen.

Whilst the extension of our closure period is of huge disappointment to everyone, it is important to remember that we are making our contribution to the Prime Minister's call to “Stay at home, protect the NHS, Save lives.”

Some really positive news is that, building on the remote delivery to client gardeners under our Lottery funded project, we can now offer all client gardeners regular support with activities to do at home during the closure and opportunities to keep in touch with Thrive staff and other client gardeners. We are contacting client gardeners with information about how to get involved – please contact info@Thrive.org.uk if you have any questions.

We have received many enquiries from potential new client gardeners and would encourage anyone interested in joining a social and therapeutic horticulture programme with Thrive to contact us via info@thrive.org.uk.

Further updates will be posted here when we have them. Stay up to date with our work by signing up to our monthly e-news or follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding. We are incredibly grateful to the support of our volunteer garden teams who have kept things under control during the past few months and for the patience shown by all our clients, volunteers and staff during this time.


Please note we are experiencing a high volume of interest to volunteer at our 3 centres and are currently limited with our recruitment of new volunteers. We encourage those wishing to volunteer with us to register their interest.

If you are an existing volunteer, we'll be in touch with you directly to make arrangements for your return or to work remotely where appropriate.

Training and Education

Whilst we are still not able to offer face-to-face social and therapeutic horticulture training courses, we now have two blended learning courses for you to access, both running on a regular basis - 'Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice' and ‘Introduction to STH Practice’. You can also access our other exciting and engaging online courses on our Thrive Learn website. Anyone with training enquiries should email training@thrive.org.uk

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice

This course provides the key skill set for Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) Practice and will consider the fundamental approaches and role of the practitioner within different settings and working with different groups of people.

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Thrive Gardening Club

In response to the crisis, we launched a new free resource to help people keep well. Delivered straight to your email box, the Thrive Gardening Club offers fortnightly tips to get the most out of your own garden.

It includes tips to help you garden if you have a disability or long-term health condition, activities for children, and plenty of information about how gardening can keep you healthy and feeling well.

And if you don’t have your own garden to enjoy, we’ll show you ways you can still access the benefits of connecting with nature.

You can sign up to the Thrive Gardening Club here.

Contacting us

If you have an enquiry for any of our centres or teams - please use our simple form

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