Malthouse and Salop Drive gardens offer a range of activities from two fully accessible gardens developed by disabled people with diverse needs in mind.
Malthouse Garden is a third of an acre. It is a therapeutic garden in Smethwick, with classroom, fully equipped kitchen, decorative flower gardens, vegetable beds, extensive off road parking, toilets and handwashing facilities, wildlife garden and large covered greenhouse space for garden activities and meetings. To contact or visit, call 0121 555 7959.
Salop Drive Market Garden in Bristnall, Oldbury, is a three acre working market garden and local food project which supplies bags of freshly grown vegetables to local households. It has a greenhouse, polytunnels, outdoor growing beds, toilets and handwashing facilities, classroom, limited off road parking, allotment plots, healing and decorative garden and wildlife area.To contact or visit, call 0121 434 4554
Both gardens are accessible and supervised by trained horticulture therapists who can tailor gardening activities to suit your needs.
Growing Opportunities offers both general and specific services, providing a year round programme of garden based and outreach activities, social events, therapeutic gardening, vocational training and short courses, to improve health and well-being and maintain and support independence.
Healthy outdoor exercise is proven to relieve stress and improves mental and physical health. There is evidence to show that children involved with nature and food growing have improved attention spans, knowledge and behaviour.
The service runs an action packed programme throughout the year, from Monday to Friday.
How can I access the service?
If you are:
A Black Country resident.
GP, Social or Health, Mental Health Care Professional etc.
School, Surestart group or educational establishment.
Community group or social club.
Out of area groups and individuals (charges may apply).
Refer yourself to the gardening service.
Refer a client or patient you are working with to the gardening service using our referral forms.
Make bookings for curriculum related work, work experience and vocational training (available to early years, primary, secondary, colleges, PRUs and special schools).
Many activities are free. However, we do charge for some of the specific activities offered. Please ask for details.
If you are a GP, Health or social care professional and would like to refer a client or patient to Growing Opportunities, please use our referral forms found on this page.
To refer yourself please contact us on 0121 558 5555.
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