Glasshouse in Herb Garden Battersea
Find out how we're affected by and responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated July 2020

Client programmes and centres

Thrive is looking to welcome back clients to its horticultural therapy programmes in the coming weeks.

Work is progressing well to ensure client gardeners, staff and volunteers can safely return to our gardens in either August or September. This is a phased return and we will contact clients to agree an appropriate start date with them.

Detailed Covid-19 risk assessments are being carried out at our centres in Birmingham, London and near Reading, which have all been closed since March. These assessments include individual ones for each client gardener. Our therapists will be contacting client gardeners individually as they work through the assessments.

As well as enhanced hygiene, measures such as staggered session start times and changes to the use of communal areas will be implemented to ensure social distancing within our gardens and buildings.

Further updates will be posted here when we have them.

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Please note we are experiencing a high volume of interest to volunteer at our 3 centres and are currently unable to recruit 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 postponed all face-to-face social and therapeutic horticulture training courses, 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.

Contacting us

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