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Growing Support works in care homes, community gardens and other public spaces such as social housing. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to view opportunities to join community gardening activities.



Thanks to support from the Allen Lane Foundation, Growing Support will soon be able to offer social and therapeutic horticulture activities to care homes for older people in North Somerset. At the subsidised price of £100 care homes will receive:

  • Site assessment including risk assessment and consultation on how best to integrate activities into the routine of care home life
  • Four social and therapeutic horticulture activity sessions for residents show casing a wide variety of garden and nature based activities
  • Tools and resources for use in the activity sessions
  • Participatory training for staff

To express an interest in signing up to this programme or if you have queries please email

Growing Support has helped establish gardening groups in more than 30 care homes. We work alongside carers to deliver social and therapeutic horticulture activity sessions. Activity sessions are designed to provide sensory stimulation, exercise vital muscle groups and prompt reminiscence. Community volunteers work alongside participants, involving them in decision making, enabling them to make a meaningful contribution and encouraging a sense of achievement and belonging.

We tailor the sessions according to your needs but they will usually look as follows:

Willow plant climber Mar 2015

  • Up to eight participants for one hour
  • Mostly outdoors but indoors if the weather or your needs requires this
  • Using flowers and plants to encourage sensory stimulation and reminiscence
  • Adapted tools and activities according to the physical and mental health of the participants
  • Individual support to take part in group exercises to provide social interaction and fun!

We offer a different activity every week according to the season and the interests and abilities of our gardeners. Typical activities include growing vegetables, planting up hanging baskets and containers,  watering and weeding, green woodworking, willow weaving or felt making.


Watch this short video of a typical activity session at Humphry Repton House to find out more about our work


The Redcliffe Gardening Group is open to all residents of the East Redcliffe Estate. The group meets on Thursdays between 10.00 and 12.00. It is a friendly and welcoming group who would be very glad of your help if you would like to come along – people of all ages and abilities are welcome, you don’t need to be an expert gardener!

Used in newsletter Jan 2016 smallWhy not pop along and try it out? You can usually find us around Yeaman’s House or Somerset Square – just follow the signs and we will be pleased to see you!

Listen to members of the group talk about why they enjoy the gardening group and the benefits it brings to the local community.

If you would like to find out more about the Redcliffe Gardening Group please email Amy at


We are working with the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing service to increase the opportunities for people with dementia and their carers to participate in community gardening activities. We are offering free “taster” visits to the community gardens listed below to provide people with dementia and their carers the opportunity to get to know the garden, meet the other members of the group and sample the activities available.

To find out the dates available and how to join in please click on the link next to the location.

  1. HHEAG at Molesworth Drive Allotments in Withywood – download more information
  2. Feed Bristol community food growing project in Stapleton – download more information
  3. Bristol Community Links North in Southmead – download more information


The Lawrence Weston community gardening group is open to all people living in the neighbourhood of the 5 Ways Bungalow in Lawrence Weston.  The group meets on Wednesdays from 1.30 – 3.30 (starting 31 August 2016) at 5 Ways Bungalow, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0QF. Come along to meet new friends, help us grow fruit and veg and improve the local area.

To find out more email Dale on or download the information leaflet here

Watch our videos to find out more about the benefits of community gardens for people living with dementia

Bristol has a wide variety of “green” volunteering opportunities including community gardens, city farms and much more. If you would like to find out if there is a group near you please click on this link to check out our map which lists all the options.


We deliver activities in care homes, community settings, hospitals or we can even come to your home! Please email us at or call us on 07581 281 578  to find out more about how we can help you deliver fun and engaging activities