YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY PLANT NURSERY
WHAT WE DO
Through the governments Local Connection Fund we were able to get support to run a Seeds of Connection programme that brought people together over a common love of growing plants from seed. The programme was designed to help transition out of lockdown back into connecting with people in person
Baroness Barran the Minister of Loneliness came to visit the project in the middle of May to see some of the work that we are doing
We offer learning and social support for a diverse range of people in a peaceful outdoor community venue and perennial plant nursery in the village of Mells, Somerset
As a social enterprise, we focus on horticultural therapy as a means of increasing wellbeing.
All funds raised from our nursery go towards making the space accessible for different groups, and reaching out to people who may not have regular access to gardens. With our group activities, courses and volunteer days, we seek to tackle social isolation, encourage intergenerational learning, and inspire meaningful connection through gardening.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
There are many ways you can get involved with our project
We have a regular gardening drop in session every Wednesday from 10-12 and one off sessions where we tackle special projects.
We can tailor a volunteer day to meet you team needs and bribe you with tea and cakes
We do a lot of plant propagation, growing and maintenance but we are also looking for people with all sorts of skills with or without gardening know how. For example assisting with our programmes, fixing things, and working on the admin side of things.
BUY OUR PLANTS
We specialise in slightly different hardy perennials that reflect what we have growing in our herbaceous beds. We also do herbs, some vegetables and wildflowers. Our click and collect shop starts to have plants from early March and the garden is open for drop in sales from the beginning of April.
BECOME A MICROGROWER FOR US
Love growing plants and would like to volunteer with us but prefer to do it from the comfort of your home? We are looking for local microgrowers who would like to bring on some of our plants for us. Space is at a premium in the nursery and we sell more plants than we have the space to grow.
We would also like to engage more with our community outside of our ancient walls and make you part of this special project. We would supply all the materials and you weave your gardening magic. Email Nicki to find out more
We are always on the look out for things as we develop the nursery space. Anything from tools, to wood to sleepers to build raised beds to water troughs for irrigation systems.
The list is long so please ask.
We have big design plans for the space and would love to hear from any construction or landscaping firms that may like to get involved to help make our space functional and accessible for all groups
BRING YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP
If you run a community group that would like to work with the Walled Garden to build some outdoor gardening initiatives please get in touch. We have lots of ideas and can develop bespoke programmes to work with your beneficiaries.
We are working on accessibility and are still limited in a few ways but talk about how we could accommodate.