We’ve come so far. With many local organisations and individuals playing a big part supporting and setting up this project …
With special thanks to our supporters;
The Fine Foundation, The Tudor Trust, W.F. Southall The Frognal Trust and our pledgers we have so far raised just over £15,000.
We are nearly there, so please help us raise the last £2,500.
What we’re trying to achieve
The Greengage Project, situated on the former commercial plant nursery site, in Swanage, Dorset is already proving to be a much needed community asset. Here people, who are long term unemployed, have mental health issues or dementia will share skills and grow goods to be sold to the public.
Greengage plans to help people to improve their current quality of life and rekindle their hope for a positive future…
The project is led by a committed and experienced Briony Baxter, who ran a similar scheme in Devon. Briony is also qualified as a psychotherapist and has 10 years’ experience in private practice & the NHS.
There will be opportunities to get involved including weekly volunteer sessions and an AQA training program.
We are dedicated to putting opportunity in everyone's path by offering 200 people a year activity days to participate in horticulture activities and learn new skills. There is also an opportunity for 50 people to gain certificated (AQA) and informal training in horticulture and the natural environment, which offer gardening & organic techniques, including flower & herb plant culture, glasshouse technology & vegetable production.
As well as sharing practical skills and knowledge in horticulture, this high quality, wildlife friendly horticulture facility for the local community will be the beginning of a positive new start for many people, helping them to come to terms with conditions such as dementia, depression and other mental disorders. In turn they will be able to deal with the lack of confidence, disorientation and low self-esteem that can partly result from such circumstances. Their increased self-esteem, energy and self-belief can have a dramatic effect on their outlook.
How you can help
If you’ve been inspired by the work of Greengage Nursery and you want to help more people cope with mental illness, build confidence or find work again, please make a donation to the Greengage Horticulture Nursery today.
Header image: Bufo Common Toad © Tom Marshall