Using social and therapeutic horticulture for older people with specific support needs

We are delighted that Thrive, which is the UK’s leading charity using horticulture to benefit people touched by disability, will be offering this course from Foxhole Community Garden.

This is a unique chance to take this training in the south west without needing to travel up to Thrive venues in Reading and London.

Since its foundation in 1978 Thrive has championed the benefits of gardening and run therapeutic programmes across the UK.

This course can be used towards Thrive’s Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Programme Development (

Course Details. 

Gardening is often an important and meaningful activity for older people.
This two day course provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills required to develop and adapt a programme of therapeutic horticultural activities to groups of older people with diverse needs. The course covers a wide range of impairments such as dementia, sight loss and stroke. It will address important concepts such as rehabilitation, recovery, and quality of life that help older people age well.

Cost: £230
Date: 16th and 17th May 2019

Venue: Foxhole Community Garden, Old School Farm, Dartington Estate, Totnes, South Devon, TQ9 6EB

• Registration and coffee 9.30am
• 10am start – 4pm finish

Gardening can be a fantastically rewarding activity for older people, with
numerous health and social benefits. Even light gardening is a form
of low-impact exercise that can have a dramatic effect on health and

This course is aimed at anyone working with older people with support needs including health & social care professionals, care home staff and volunteers, practitioners working in STH and community projects.

Early booking is advised. There are only 15 places available and a high level
of interest is anticipated – bookings will be taken on a “first come, first served” basis.

What you will gain:
• An understanding of how gardening can benefit older people with a diverse range of support needs
• An insight into how to work as a Horticulture Therapist with older
people with a diverse range of support needs
• Understand the importance of assessment and how personal
preference will greatly influence work with older people
• Explore how to create client centred programmes of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture activities.

Included in fee:
• All course materials
• Course hand-outs
• Refreshments

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The tutor was excellent in fostering
interesting and illuminating conversations between fellow classmates
and with the tutor.”


Please contact Jackie Calvert, Training & Education team at Thrive
for further information on the course. Tel no. 0118 988 5688

You can make booking payment below or by entering your finance department details on the following form. Please also fill out this form when you book. Booking Form.

Using social and therapeutic horticulture for older people