Earthworks St Albans

RCN 1067139, St Albans

We nurture people with learning disabilities, known as Earthworkers, to manage 3.5 acres of beautiful eco-gardens. Our discipline is called social and therapeutic horticulture. We grow using organic methods. We build wildlife habitats using traditional countryside skills. Through purposeful activity in our safe green space, we support Earthworkers to experience: new horticulture and life skills; confidence and achievement; inclusion and belonging; sense of purpose; health and wellbeing. We engage with our local community through our monthly stall on the St Albans' Farmers Market, where we sell our produce. At our seasonal community events and workshops, we champion sustainability, protection of the environment, and social inclusion.

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Earthworks St Albans

What we do

We support people with learning disabilities - known as Earthworkers – alongside dedicated volunteers to manage 3.5 acres of beautiful eco-gardens in St Albans. Our discipline is called social and therapeutic horticulture.

We grow using organic methods. We build wildlife habitats using traditional countryside skills. Over 25 years we have transformed waste land into beautiful eco-gardens. We focus on sustainability in everything we do.

Engaging with our local community

We engage with our local community through our monthly stall on the St Albans' Farmers Market, where we sell our produce. At our seasonal events and workshops, we champion social inclusion, protection of the environment, and sustainable living.

Our pilot project, Earthworks on Wheels, empowers Earthworkers to go into the community to use skills learned at Earthworks to care for the gardens of vulnerable people.

Onsite workshops for children and young people with learning disabilities, and our summer scheme for young adults, offer purposeful activities and an education in horticulture.

What is social and therapeutic horticulture?

Social and therapeutic horticulture is a recognised, evidence-based model combining three elements: nature, social interaction and meaningful activity. Together they lead to many beneficial outcomes.

Our impact

Through meaningful and socially inclusive activity in our safe green space, skilled staff support Earthworkers to experience:

  • increased horticulture/life skills;
  • sense of purpose;
  • responsibility;
  • confidence and achievement;
  • social contact;
  • inclusion and belonging;
  • citizenship;
  • reduced stress;
  • boosted physical and mental wellbeing.

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Jane Burstow commented

Glad to be able to help a good cause.

18th February 2022 at 6:24pm
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Jane Burstow pledged £145
18th February 2022 at 6:23pm

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