Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. The garden is used as a safe and secure place to develop people’s ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent.
This programme is underpinned by an in-house training/competency programme, and supported by the ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) Land based Vocational qualification program, which helps people develop knowledge and skills for learning, work and life, both programs support people to gain confidence and sector based skills. Social and therapeutic horticulture days offer’s opportunities to achieve and improve self-esteem through hands on learning in a natural environment. The benefits gained by those involved closely link closely to the 5 stages of well-being identified and promoted as key public health messages. These 5 stages of well-being are widely recognised by mental health professionals and charities and are being adopted more and more within young people’s mental health.