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Therapeutic Gardening - Spring 2024

Spring is a busy time in the garden when we start to sow veg seeds for the greenhouse and plan the growing season ahead. Our veg area is large and productive, giving us the opportunity to have fun experimenting with a wide variety of crops. The beds are slightly raised, making them easier to manage and, at the start of the growing season, we mulch all of our paths heavily with straw to keep the weeds down. Spreading the straw is a popular, lightweight job with which we can all join in, so it makes a great group activity. We are in the process of creating an additional large raised bed with more height to make some of our growing areas more accessible. When spring showers send us running for cover we turn to art and cooking activities in our cosy building by the woodstove. Decorating easter bonnets with felt flowers is giving us a chance to get creative and there has been much laughter as we take our turn to try on the resulting hat!

Don't miss our Garden Open Day on Monday 6 May, when we shall be offering garden tours, an opportunity to chat and find out about what we do and a garden cafe run by our gardening group

Sponsored Walk - 18 May 2023

On 18 May staff, volunteers and gardening therapy participants had a very enjoyable day doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the project. We were blessed with mild, dry weather and thoroughly enjoyed a beautiful circular route from Blanchland village, up onto the moor and back in time for tea and cake at the white monk tea rooms. The final amount raised from the walk was a fabulous £2,026 through the JustGiving site, plus £220 paid directly to our bank account. This makes £2,246, plus Gift Aid of £473.50, which gives us a grand total of £2,719.50. Huge thanks to everyone who walked and to those who sponsored us. This was a fantastic effort, which helps to keep the project open to everyone.

Sponsored Bike Ride - Land's End to John O' Groats

In June/July 2023, Ruth Briel, trustee and gardening therapy volunteer with Let's Get Growing cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for our bursary fund. This raised in excess of £2,000 for our project. We are in awe of Ruth's achievement in completing the ride and hugely grateful to all who sponsored her.

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, wood burner 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

Sanctuary Hire


Valentine's Day Panto 2023

Work on our annual panto was curtailed before Christmas due to a variety of colds and flu, so we made the decision to delay our long-awaited performance of Cinderella to Tuesday 14 February. This took place in the ballroom at Minsteracres Retreat Centre. There was much hilarity amongst participants as they prepared costumes, rehearsed lines and practised dance moves. We were impressed with the dramatic talent which emerged! Sincere thanks to volunteer, Dianne Keetch, who has very skill fully taken on the role of masterminding this event. To watch a video of our performance, please click here 

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.

To make a donation now, please click here 

Funding update

As a registered charity, Let's Get Growing is committed 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 Bernicia Foundation and the Boundary Lane Windfarm Community Fund for generously supporting us in 2023.

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. He hope to have a link to this in the very near future.

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