Thyme To Be

Thyme To Be is the latest in a number of social and therapeutic horticulture projects from Garden Organic.

The project, funded by the Bupa UK Foundation and run in conjunction with The Carers Trust Heart of England, invites carers in Coventry and Warwickshire to join regular gardening sessions led by Garden Organic’s horticultural therapy experts.

This project will allow the many carers in Coventry and Warwickshire an opportunity to join individuals in a similar situation, to learn new skills and make friends in a relaxing and healthy environment.

What’s more, through similar projects we have found that many participants have been able to take some of the organic growing activities they have enjoyed at the session and adapt them for the individual they care for, bringing a productive activity into their lives which can change through the seasons.

The content, duration and regularity of the sessions will be shaped around the needs of the carers, but they will all include practical organic growing and other outdoor activities – from sowing seeds to harvesting and eating home grown organic veg.

Sessions will be flexible, allowing carers to fit them around their existing responsibilities, and will be run on both weekdays and weekends. Transport provisions will be provided and Carers Trust Heart of England will be providing replacement care, all with the aim to allow as many people as possible to benefit from this activity.

This project builds on the experience of both Garden Organic and Carers Trust using growing as an activity to engage and support carers. Below are just a few comments from people who attended the open day:

Today has been truly relaxing, thoroughly enjoyed everything. A day away from it all!! Fabulous thank you- looking forward to seeing how the cuttings take! (not very green fingered!) and already looking forward to looking up what I wish to plant next time.

"Fabulous. Thank you very much. Would be really interested in learning how to plant/grow very small allotment e.g. how to get started."

"A very good day, nice people, lovely relaxed atmosphere and looking forward to growing things together. Added bonus of a lovely venue too. Thank you"

Sessions are scheduled through the year, for dates and full details please the events section of our website.