We are thrilled to welcome clients back on 1st April. The spring weather is warming up nicely and the gardens are beginning to come to life. Whilst we have continued to support our clients during this difficult period through telephone support, we can’t wait to see you all again in person.
In line with government guidelines, we now have to book clients in, in advance. The sessions will run from 10.00 to 12.00 and 13.30 – 15.30 on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Client or a Volunteer at GHTV, we would be very happy to hear from you.
GHTV is still hard at work providing support to our Clients during this lockdown period.
It has been an unprecedented year, but our staff have continued to work hard behind the scenes, supporting existing Clients and speaking to referrers and prospective Clients. Some have really benefitted from the personal, tailored approach that GHTV has given them. One Client wrote to us to say:
“I wish I could more adequately explain the huge benefit to my life from being taken on as a Client by Green Health Thames Valley. Being involved with this project and the consequent joy, fun and happiness have contributed both to enhanced mental health and boosted my ability to make a difference in other areas of my life”.
We hope to be all back at the garden soon.
The GHTV garden is open for booked in Clients and Volunteers until Thursday 17th December. We will then close for Christmas. We will reopen and be offering telephone support from Tuesday 5th January.
May we wish all our Clients, Volunteers, Supporters and Friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021!
In-line with national restrictions, the Green Health Thames Valley garden is closed to Clients and Volunteers for 4 weeks. We will be continuing to provide support to Clients through booked telephone calls.
Prospective Clients can still be referred or can self-refer. Forms are available to download from this website.
Do you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekly or fortnightly basis? Do you like getting outside and gardening? Then volunteering with Green Health Thames Valley could be for you!
We are looking for volunteers to carry out routine gardening tasks at our small garden in Whitley, working alongside staff and Clients to help maintain the garden. No gardening experience needed as full training and support will be given to you. All you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to give a few hours as a regular commitment.
We are open Tuesday and Thursday and can offer either a morning or afternoon volunteering session on each day.
We are COVID-19 secure and have procedures in place to make sure that everyone working can do so safely and comfortably. There will only ever be a maximum of 6 people on-site at a time.
If you are interested in coming to volunteer with us then please email us anytime at email@example.com. Alternatively telephone us on 07450 334091 (Tuesday or Thursday only).
We are currently working on plans to REOPEN the Green Health Thames Valley garden in July!
There will be new procedures in place to ensure that we are meeting government guidelines and to make sure that everyone feels safe and comfortable when on-site.
More details as plans develop.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and in line with government advice please note that the GHTV community garden is CLOSED to Clients at present.
We look forward to supporting Clients old and new once the situation has improved.
Please continue to check in with our social media channels for updates. General advice from the NHS can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
In the meantime – keep safe.
Gardening group member Robin Smith has written this very powerful poem about social isolation and its impact. Please take a moment to read his words…
Coming at you
Recognition of value of gardening and mental health
We are seeing increasing amounts of media coverage highlighting the value of gardening and horticultural activities on health and well being. Here is a recent one below.
Plants being prescribed for anxiety and depression in new ‘feelgood’ scheme
In September 2019 Green Health Thames Valley was at the launch of:
The Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network, hosted by The Ridgeline Trust Therapeutic Gardens.
Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network is a collaboration of horticultural therapy and community gardening groups in the Greater Reading area. The network promotes the value of gardening for health and wellbeing for lots of different people. We share information, skills and experience to help each other and ultimately all the people who come to our gardens.
We are delighted to be part of this network of 10 community gardens and horticultural therapy organisations in the Greater Reading area.