The charity’s head gardeners, assisted by volunteers, run regular garden therapy sessions with patients in collaboration with the occupational therapy team. Patients enjoy the purposeful activities which gardening offers for rehabilitation.
Patient-specific therapeutic and rehabilitative goals are set which focus on maximising social, cognitive, physical and psychological functioning to enhance general heath and wellness.
Weather permitting, sessions are run outside and engage patients in all aspects of plant cultivation using specialist tools. Nothing is left to waste – we eat, re-use and sell our produce which adds to patients’ feelings of purpose, pride and success.
Equipped with some new skills, many patients return home with a new or renewed passion for gardening.
At Salisbury our Head Gardener runs 1:1 garden therapy on Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and a hand therapy group on a Monday afternoon.