Image‘Gardening for Growth’

* Supports adults, young people and children towards emotional, social, physical and mental health wellbeing

* Provides a safe, empathic, calm, nurturing, enjoyable and empowering environment

* Supports recovery unique and meaningful to each individual

* Focussing on people’s abilities, while recognising needs and disabilities

* Values each person and creates opportunities to find, develop and reach
personal potential


‘There is always choice’ ‘There is freedom from pressure’




Thank you to all Trusts, Funding Bodies, Local People and Companies, who have donated much needed funds to support HTT’s charity work. There’s not space to show each one, but all are much appreciated and well used.

Horticultural Therapy Trust has various projects supporting Adults towards wellbeing, including; mental health, social, emotional, physical and spiritual (meaning and purpose).
GARDENING for GROWTH - Working to support the wellbeing of individuals challenged by long term or severe mental health issues/illness and or acquired brain injury. Often alongside Adult Social Services, mental health agencies, families and carers. Also individuals experiencing milder forms of depression or anxiety, individuals recovering from physical illness, carers who need respite, individuals who need support towards confidence, self-esteem, time away from pressures, development of vocational skills and any other person who might benefit from horticultural therapy.

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INNER CITY: INNER SPACE for CHANGE- Supporting improved holistic wellbeing for people experiencing homelessness

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BRANCHING OUT – Vocational, voluntary opportunities with informal horticultural training for participants who are ready to branch out into contract work in community gardens and other HTT projects, also within the field of mentoring or Health and Social Care.



Horticultural Therapy Trust is a service provider, providing the best service we can to suit your needs and abilities.
Within the Horticultural Therapy Trust
opportunities are to grow flowers and vegetables, from seed or cuttings, design flower beds, colour schemes, wildlife habitat, digging and weeding, building raised beds, woodwork, creating seating etc.
There is something to suit everyone and daily there is always a choice of tasks depending on how you feel on the day


‘This is where I relax, it is my own piece of Freedom’



‘It is a social, I make friends, people accept me here. I learn new skills, do something, my memory is better.

I am stronger!’

Young People

 ‘I like being outdoors. It’s calm. I can do something.

I like the challenge’ (young person)

Horticultural Therapy Trust works through the therapeutic medium of Horticulture, with young people and children to support emotional and social wellbeing; support the learning of new skills and development of existing skills; enjoyment; achievements and freedom from daily pressures.
We work with children and young people who experience challenges in their daily lives. We provide a calm, empathic, nurturing, fulfilling and active environment, with choice of activities, for those who experience issues, pressures and disadvantage; providing space simply to ‘Be and Enjoy’. As well as within HTT allotment gardens, we facilitate creation of gardens together for wildlife and people within schools, areas of disadvantage, or homeless centres. Projects include;

INNER CITY: INNER SPACE for CHANGE; supporting wellbeing of young people who experience homelessness and trauma.

GARDEN and GROW; supporting wellbeing of children within schools and centres.

SEEDS Of CHANGE; supporting wellbeing and inclusion of young people who experience exclusion.

Everyone has abilities and value, some unrecognised, and so Horticultural Therapy Trust endeavours to support each child or young person to recognise their own value, worth, skills and personal potential and grow them.

Experience has shown that children suffering ADHD settle better into class after a session of horticulture outdoors. Horticultural Therapy is able to support improvements in wellbeing for those suffering various mental health issues, complex issues and complex trauma.


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Adult Project Photos

These are photos of some participants and staff from the adult projects. Click on the photos to enlarge and more details.


Contact Information

Deb or Dennis will arrange an opportunity for an informal chat and visit to the project, with any support workers, family, carers, friends or on your own.
This can be through a phone call: Mon to Fri, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Deb Hoskin 07507 675 344


Deb Hoskin

Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.
Level 4 Diploma in Mindfulness based, Person Centred Counselling
14 years volunteer work supporting the wellbeing of people of all ages through gardening.
9 years working in Horticultural Therapy.
Fully DBS checked.



Dennis Trewin 07908 107 145


Dennis Trewin (Dip, Hort ,Kew, R.H.S Horticulturalist)

Dartington and Kew trained.
45 years experience in gardening.
9 years working in a Horticultural Therapy.
Fully DBS checked.


Postal Address:

52 Sefton Avenue


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We operate from the Penlee Valley Allotment in Plymouth. Click on the maps to enlarge.

Map Map



In 2014/2015/2016/2017 and 2018 Horticultural Therapy Trust (HTT) was celebrated through RHS 'It's Your Neighbourhood Awards', achieving OUTSTANDING. In 2018 HTT was also highly commended by the Chair of the RHS.



In 2013 Horticultural Therapy Trust was celebrated through these three awards.

In 2013 Horticultural Therapy Trusts' work with school children from High Street Primary and Marlborough Primary was also celebrated through these awards.