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.
Details of all the things happening in the garden can be found in out WHATS ON pages
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
There are many ways you can get involved with our project
We can tailor a volunteer or team building day to meet your teams needs with an added bonus of tea, cakes or pizza in our lovely garden. All our activities are outdoor although we do have some shelter for the rainy days.
An away day could include an organisational learning component where you bring in a facilitator and then we guide your team through an outdoor garden activity.
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 if teams want a more ongoing volunteering experience with us.
BUY OUR PLANTS AND SEEDS
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. For 2022 we will be launching our own range of seeds. The garden is open for drop in sales from the beginning of April.
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 are trying to make our space more disabled accessible so would love to hear from any construction or landscaping firms that may like to get involved to help us make our pathways more functional and accessible for all groups
If you would like to donate towards the running of our programmes we would really appreciate the support
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.