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Therapeutic Gardening - Early Spring 2022

As the spring bulbs pop their heads above ground in the Peace Garden, we turn our thoughts to the year ahead. We have been brainstorming ideas for 2022 with the whole group and have begun purchasing vegetable seeds for sowing in our greenhouse when the weather warms up a little. In the meantime, we are busy shifting 10 tonnes of compost onto the beds to keep our otherwise clay soil in good condition. This is a great team job and keeps us warm (and fit!) outside on cold days. We have also enjoyed getting creative and painting canvases for display on the walls of the new extension to the Sanctuary building and are proud of our own ever expanding art gallery.

How to support our Bursary Fund

We now have a JustGiving donations page, which makes it easy to support the work that we do with people living with mental health and learning difficulties, some of whom may be unable to work and may not be eligible for statutory funding to cover their attendance at gardening therapy sessions. Every little makes a difference and we are very grateful for every contribution we receive.

Sponsored Walk

On Tuesday 28 September 2021, staff, volunteers and participants walked around Derwent Reservoir to raise funds for the project. We thoroughly enjoyed the day, despite poor weather and raised a fantastic £1,514 to support the project. Many thanks to all those who walked and to those who donated money.

Extension to Sanctuary Building

Last year we were deeply grateful to receive charitable funding, as well as some private donations, to enable us to complete an extension to our Sanctuary building in the Peace Garden. This was really important to enable us to meet social distancing guidelines on wet days over the winter. The final decoration is finished and we now have a building which is half as big again as it was originally, with adequate space to accomodate us all safely. Looking to the future, it provides a great additional space for indoor activities in inclement weather and storage space for art materials. Special thanks to the Riding Grange Grassroots Fund for their contribution to the cost of this essential building work.

Photographic Diary
One of our long-standing participants, Andrew da Costa used his considerable skills as a photographer to produce a fantastic photographic record of the group’s activities through the seasons of the gardening year, with support from volunteer, Veronica Bell. Other participants have enjoyed coming up with humorous captions for the pictures. You can enjoy this vibrant visual record by using the link above or the drop down menu at the top of this Latest News page.

Funding update

As a registered charity, Let's Get Growing is commited to keeping its therapeutic horticulture service available to all, regardless of financial circumstances. The majority of participants attending our gardening therapy days are able to access a personal budget or direct payment. Those who are not supported through the NHS can apply to our bursary fund, as we have a clear policy of welcoming all, irrespective of personal means.

The nature of the beneficiary groups with whom we work means that some charitable funding is therefore needed to support our work. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Boundary Lane Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, the Tesco Bags for Help fund, the Watkins Family Fund and the Big Lottery Community Fund for generously supporting us through the last two years of the pandemic.

Sanctuary hire

Our wonderful Sanctuary building is still available for hire by third parties as an alternative workshop space or away day venue - please see photos below. The building has a newly-fitted kitchen, woodburner and the poshest compost loo you have ever come across! It's simple, cosy and the setting is truly idyllic. Cost £50/half day or £100/full day.  All proceeds go towards maintaining the building to support our gardening therapy work. For more information on hiring the building or to check dates, do contact us