Gardening for Wellbeing
Surrey Docks Farm delivers weekly ‘Gardening for Wellbeing’ sessions in partnership with Southwark Wellbeing Hub. Sessions run from 10am-12pm on Wednesday mornings.
What to expect?
During our sessions we spend most of our time in the Farm’s River Garden and Dye Garden – both situated right by the Thames Path. After having a stroll around the space to see what’s been happening in the Garden since the last session, we have a look at what jobs we could do that morning and get stuck in! We grow a range of plants including fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
We are often very lucky with the weather in our sessions, but on the more damp days there is still plenty to do – we spend any colder, wetter mornings indoors in the River Room where we often sort seeds we have saved, sow new seeds or prick out/pot on our young plants.
We end our mornings with chats over tea and biscuits, and will often harvest something for people to take home if they wish!
How to get involved?
We welcome anyone interested in gardening from beginners to experts! We welcome participants who have been referred to us via the Southwark Wellbeing Hub. They work across the borough to help anyone living in Southwark who is worried about their mental health and mental wellbeing. For information relating to referrals please call Southwark Wellbeing Hub on 020 3751 9684 or get in touch with Vashti Henry, Activities Coordinator by email: vashti-Henry@together-uk.org.
Our Gardening for Wellbeing is free to attend thanks to generous grant funding. The sessions were initially established by our Green Mentor through our City Bridge Trust funded community gardening programme.
The programme is currently supported by the Albion Street Community Charity until early April 2023.