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Updated 26th November 2020

Client programmes and centres

The latest measures announced on 26th November will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2nd December. Current restrictions remain in place until 2nd December but you can read about the new local tier restrictions here.

As Thrive is a provider of support and therapeutic services we are a ‘specific exempt activity’ and we will therefore continue to operate as usual and our regional centres will remain open. We will, of course, continue to review the situation and provide updates.

We continue to follow extensive safety measures that have been implemented at all Thrive centres to enable the resumption of services for client gardeners and volunteers.

As well as clear guidelines on maintaining social distancing across our sites, staggered session start times and changes to the use of communal areas, extra cleaning and hygiene regimes have been introduced.

Detailed risk assessments have been carried out with all clients at our centres in Birmingham, London and near Reading and groups working in our gardens are now smaller than pre-coronavirus.

Kathryn Rossiter, Thrive’s CEO, said: “We have introduced comprehensive measures to keep client gardeners, volunteers and staff safe at Thrive, as we undertake a phased approach to resuming our therapeutic gardening programmes. We continue to adhere to Government regulations and remain vigilant.”

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.

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 long period of closure. 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.


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

We have postponed face-to-face social and therapeutic horticulture training courses until January 2021, with refunds or alternative dates being available for those who have paid to attend forthcoming courses. Anyone with training enquiries should email training@thrive.org.uk

Meanwhile, we have a range of exciting and engaging online courses for you to access on our Thrive Learn website .

We have also developed a blended course 'Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice' - a completely new online resource from our Training Team. Held over two weeks, it will help you understand how to use Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) with different client groups and is suitable for people new to STH or those who are familiar with it.

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.

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