Horticultural Therapy at Ridgeline Trust

We currently offer horticultural therapy sessions on Monday mornings and Tuesday mornings and/or afternoons. Each session costs £20, or £40 for a full day. The sessions are guided by horticultural therapists and supported by volunteers.

Activities vary according to individual needs, abilities and goals and also depend on the weather and the time of year. This can include seed sowing, potting-on plants, dead-heading, weeding, watering, and digging. There’s a heated polytunnel for when it’s colder or wetter.

We have a spacious pavilion, where we offer activities such as craft and cooking vegetables grown in the garden, when the weather isn’t suitable for gardening. We provide all equipment and tools. It doesn’t matter whether clients have any experience of gardening or not, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and remember long-forgotten skills.

We provide tea and coffee, and clients may bring a packed lunch to eat together with other clients and volunteers. There is plenty of space to sit either outdoors or in the pavilion, depending on the weather. There is a wheelchair-accessible path around the garden with level access into the pavilion, which has accessible toilets.

Service access criteria: This is a paid service - please ensure service user is aware
Connecting with others
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Day to day helping hand
Helping with money
Information and advice
Transport and getting around
Mental health
Support with housing
Support with employment
Support for carers
Managing a long-term health condition
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Arts and creativity
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Social prescribing
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Non English speaking friendly