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’




Horticultural Therapy Trust has various projects supporting Adults towards well being, including; mental health, social, emotional, physical and spiritual (meaning and purpose).

1 - Working to support the well being 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.

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2 - Working to support the wellbeing of individuals suffering 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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3 - Vocational and informal horticultural training opportunities including contract work in community gardens and in the above projects, and within the field of 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 well being; support the learning of new skills and development of existing skills; enjoyment; achievements and freedom from daily pressures.
We work with young people who are excluded from school towards inclusion.

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’. Projects include;

‘GARDEN and GROW’; supporting children’s well being

‘SEEDS of CHANGE’; supporting young people’s well being

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.

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 well being for those suffering various mental health and complex issues.

Horticultural Therapy Trust works with other services and with schools; within our Allotment/Conservation area at Milehouse, school grounds and community areas.

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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 (Counsellor in Training).

Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.

14 years volunteer work supporting the well being of people of all ages through gardening.

5 years working in Horticultural Therapy.

Full enhanced CRB checked.



Dennis Trewin 07908 107 145


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

Dartington and Kew trained.

40 years experience in gardening.

5 years working in a Horticultural Therapy.

Full enhanced CRB checked.


Postal Address:

52 Sefton Avenue



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




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

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