Today we visited the community at Brazier’s Park in Ipsden to see their amazing display of snowdrops. Despite the rainy weather we all enjoyed strolling along the paths taking in the beautiful winter flowers. We were given a guided tour of the vegetable garden and the greenhouses by resident Sarah. We finished the morning with tea and cake in the drawing room of the main house.
We all agreed that we’d love to visit again later in the season and see how different everything looks with the sun out.
We are thrilled to receive funding from the Arnold Clark Community Fund to support our horticultural therapy activities. Thank you 😊
Garden Maintenance volunteer need for our Therapy Garden in Reading.
GHTV is delighted to receive funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. This has enabled us to improve our connectivity and organisational resilience – we have invested in new ICT equipment, improved our our digital presence, and it has allowed us to support our clients during the pandemic.
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).
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.