Horticultural Therapy Trust is based in Plymouth, working from a large city-centre allotment. It is run by two experienced gardeners who are trained in social and therapeutic horticulture, mindfulness and counselling. The Trust supports the well-being of people suffering from depression, anxiety, and those recovering from more severe physical or mental illness. It offers a safe, calm and nurturing environment for beneficiaries to develop their confidence and self-esteem, learn how to socialise, to gain skills in horticulture, or just to take time away from other pressures to work towards improved health.
The Foundation has made a £3,000 grant towards the running costs of Horticultural Therapy Trust at the February 2020 meeting. This will help with the charity’s aims of increasing numbers of regular participants in the core allotment project; assist with the accommodation of new groups from other local mental health organisations; and contribute to the undertaking of gardening work in the local community.