Thrive Battersea

We offer gardening programmes to more than 200 Londoners in four fantastic gardens in Battersea Park, and in the community.

Our Main Garden on East Carriage Drive is also where our London office is based.

Thrive work in the Herb Garden near the Albert Gate entrance to the Park. We arrived in 2002 when the garden was a derelict space. Since then we have designed and created a garden which shows the diversity and beauty that can be achieved in a garden using culinary, medicinal and therapeutic plants.

The focal point of the garden is a wonderful glasshouse which is used for propagation and for tender plants like salads and tomatoes.

The stunning Old English Garden was regenerated in 2012 thanks to the support of Jo Malone Limited and designer Sarah Price whose vision for the garden transformed it into a blooming hub for the community to enjoy.

It is maintained by Thrive gardeners and gives the opportunity for our qualification groups to carry out a wide range of work, from restorative measures to planting a large amount of bulbs and seeds. More here.

In spring 2016, we embarked on a partnership with Quadron, the park maintenance contractor for the London Borough of Wandsworth to take on responsibility for the maintenance of Battersea Park’s Winter Garden.

This partnership supports delivery of our 6-month Winter Garden Pathway programme (as well as a further programme delivering a Level 1 City & Guilds qualification in Practical Horticulture Skills). The Winter Garden is an ideal location to deliver programmes for those whose mental health requires a supportive and safe environment.

The Battersea Centre is approved to offer City and Guilds vocational qualifications Level 1 and Level 2 and we are always delighted when Thrive gardeners move on to further study, to use their skills as a volunteer or to get a job in horticulture.

For more information on the wide range of gardening activities and support we provide for disabled people, click on the links below, email us or phone 020 7720 2212.

We have FREE spaces on our funded programmes and can offer gardening sessions to clients. If you want to refer yourself or know someone who could benefit, please get in touch.

Current programmes:

  • Working it Out - vocational training and support to enable unemployed disabled Londoners to overcome their barriers to employment and access job opportunities in London's parks, gardening or horticulture
  • Life After Stroke - helps stroke survivors improve their mental and physical health by working with horticultural therapists at Thrive
  • Spice it up & Pathway- For adults whose mental health means they need an environment designed to minimise stress and anxiety. As the clients benefit from this non-qualification environment, the horticultural therapist can assess them and route them to the appropriate qualification
  • Women Only Gardening Programme - Free programme designed for women who have mental health problems or may have experienced domestic abuse with the hope they become able to move on to a qualification programme
  • General sessions - Available for adults with a variety of conditions such as autism, physical disability, mental ill health and learning difficulties

Projects off-site:

  • NatureScope - we have teamed up with the One Trust to provide local day service users the chance to learn about conservation, ecology and gardening
  • Aurora Centre - is a college for young people with special educational needs. We help college leavers return on Friday's and maintain their garden space which helps with transition
  • Queen Mary's Hostel - We visit once a week working with the gardening group to carry out maintenance and seasonal activities to renovate the garden and create a sanctuary.