WHAT WE OFFER
- Therapeutic gardening sessions – in our purpose built demonstration garden or outreach sessions in the community led by trained tutors
- Activity packs – monthly packs sent out to gardeners throughout the year with a range of horticultural projects and craft activities.
- Tours of the Demonstration Garden – examples of raised beds, containers and adapted tools.
- Talks and advice on various topics such as adapting gardens for disabled people.
- Annual events for our gardeners – outings to gardens of interest around the county, and our summer barbecue and Autumn Show.
All ages and abilities are welcome. There is no need for previous gardening experience! Individual requirements are met through use of different gardening techniques and adapted tools.
We strive to work in a way that respects and conserves the natural environment. As well as promoting sustainable gardening, our Initiatives include making our own compost, a rainwater harvesting system, biodegradable plant pots and recycling as much as possible.
40% of our gardeners report “a big improvement in physical health”. 90% say they feel “much less isolated”.
WHAT IS HORTICULTURAL THERAPY?
Gardening is a powerful tool to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.
Working in the fresh air, nurturing plants, enjoying the harvest, sharing achievement together.
The benefits of gardening…
- Physical and mental fitness, well-being and sensory stimulation.
- Increase in confidence and self-esteem.
- Gaining skills and enabling a move into employment.
- Re-building life after illness or accident.
- Working with others and meeting new people.
A TYPICAL WEEK
Therapy sessions in the demonstration garden at Headway House:
13.00 – 15.30 pm: gentle gardening and craft activities for more active adults with mixed disabilities.
9.45 -11.45 am: moderately active gardening, craft activities and cooking opportunities. Mixed ability adults, lively sociable group.
Group sessions for adults from Headway with acquired brain injuries.
Outreach sessions in residential and care homes around the county – run throughout the year by visiting tutors. This is an expanding area. Please contact us for more information.
We can usually accommodate individual gardeners in existing groups. For a new group of gardeners wishing to join Growing Point, every effort will be made to establish a session especially for them.
We now have our own people carrier, thanks to a very generous donation by Stanley House, Bosbury. Talk to our charity manager about help with transport.
“I like the beauty of being here, seeing the flowers.”
THE DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
Our demonstration garden is the place where we run therapy sessions, and show how people can use gardening to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
In Spring 2021, we moved our garden to Headway House, Credenhill. This is the home of Headway Herefordshire, a charity with which we have much in common. The site has excellent facilities allowing our therapeutic services to flourish. Growing Point clients can enjoy using the brand new polytunnel (thanks to a generous donation from a local trust), a lovely large greenhouse, and many raised beds with mixed planting. And we still have plenty of places to sit and relax with friends in the garden.
There is more work to be done to develop the site, and we are involving our gardeners at every stage. They bring their own creativity, and are enjoying the chance to learn new skills and gardening techniques.
THE AUTUMN SHOW
Growing Point’s annual show is held at the end of the season in the Demonstration Garden at Credenhill. This is when our gardeners show what they have achieved during the growing year.
Gardeners are preparing their entries for the 2022 show on October 6th. This years’s categories include the tallest sunflower, prettiest posy, a jubilee display in any material, and a door wreath. Judging will be by High Sheriff Sarah du Rohan, who will also plant a tree as part of our contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy.
We look forward to seeing all our clients and supporters for an afternoon of celebration, tea and cakes.