WHAT WE OFFER
Weekly therapeutic gardening sessions – in our purpose-built Demonstration Garden, or outreach sessions in the community. All sessions led by tutors trained in horticultural therapy.
- Talks on various topics throughout the year.
- Tours of the Demonstration Garden – see examples of raised beds, containers and adapted tools.
- Advice on adapting a garden for low maintenance or disability.
- 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. No need for previous experience of gardening! Individual needs 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 and its resources.
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. It shows what is possible for disabled people who want to carry on gardening.
In Spring 2021, we moved our demonstration garden to a new base at 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
Gardeners of the Year cup – 2020 winners: Leadon Bank Ledbury
Our annual show is held at the end of the season in the Demonstration Garden. This is when gardeners can show what they have achieved during the growing year.
The 2020 autumn show was held virtually because of the pandemic. Gardeners sent their entries in several categories, including miniature garden, climbing plants grown from seed, painted garden sculptures and dried flower arrangements.
The High Sheriff in 2020, Mrs Tricia Thomas, helped judge entries and award prizes.
There was no show in 2021 because of our move to a new garden site, but it will be back in 2022!