Dementia Friendly Gardening

The Food Partnership offer both cookery and garden activities for people with dementia, funded by the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group. All sessions are delivered by Food Partnership staff alongside trained volunteers.

Our garden group is a wonderful activity to help improve wellbeing, get outdoors and take time to notice nature. The weekly sessions provide a gentle, regular activity with a friendly group and a chance to build confidence. There is lots of national evidence about the benefits of gardening for people with dementia.

Typical activities include: transplanting seedlings; seed sowing and saving; harvesting and preparing fruit & veg (eg making pesto); making pine cone bird feeders; raking, weeding & watering; lavender harvesting and making lavender bags; and sharing homemade food at most sessions. No gardening experience or knowledge is required. Participants may attend alongside a family member, friend or carer if needed.



I think it has been wonderful for me and we have made some good friends. Everyone has really gelled together and supported one another – we’ve had some great chats… Just being in the garden is wonderful.

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  • Wednesdays

Weekly sessions, 2-4pm, for up to 8 weeks. Sessions run from Wednesday 6th May to 24th June 2020.


The Garden House is a beautiful walled garden which sits behind the houses on Warleigh Road. It has a heated room where participants can sit and enjoy a cup of tea. There is also a toilet and hand washing facilities. Please note the garden is a no-smoking zone.

Who is it for?:

People with mild to moderate dementia or other memory issues.


Complete the application form below and send to Or, if you’d like to find out a bit more before applying please contact Caroline Whiteman on 01273 234807.

We also run a monthly ‘Time to Cook’ cookery club for people with dementia on a Thursday at our Community Kitchen on Queens Road, you can use the same application form to apply, or contact us for more details.

Dementia Food Project Application Form (for cookery group or gardening)

Feel free to contact us with any questions or to book a place over the phone if you prefer.

We also welcome enquiries from potential volunteers who can help us to support these groups. Contact us if interested.


The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT (between London & Ditchling Road), accessed via a side gate.

Dementia Friendly Gardening

The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT (between London & Ditchling Road), accessed via a side gate.

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