Referring to community gardens

Volunteering in a community garden is good for wellbeing, physical and mental health and can help reduce isolation and increase happiness.

We give advice to individuals who want to join a community garden. Health professionals and support workers can refer people to us for an advice session.

Helping people get involved

Many projects have an open access policy. Other specialist gardens offer more tailored services – such as support for people with additional needs or therapeutic activities for those with learning disabilities or those with experience of homelessness, mental health issues, abuse and addiction issues. We can give you information about this and offer a face-to-face meeting or advice session for anyone with additional support needs.

Following an advice session we may be able to offer extra support (eg accompanying for a first visit) to people to help them get involved for the first time.

Benefits of gardening

People often tell us gardening and getting outdoors has improved their mental wellbeing and stress levels. Some say it helped them to lose weight or exercise more. Those involved at community gardens often enjoy the chance to meet new people and gain skills, or even try new foods.

If someone you are working with would like to get involved in any of our activities, ask any questions or find out more contact Jo Glazebrook, Volunteer Coordinator, 01273 431716, jo@bhfood.org.uk.

Gardening has become part of my overall recovery. I feel calmer, less aggressive and it sets me up to have a good rest of the day. I use it to relax and enjoy myself and it’s like breath of fresh air.

Dave, community garden participant

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Referrers' Guide - Gardening

A guide for professionals interested in referring their clients to community gardening activities.

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