Growing well-being through horticulture

We are delighted to announce that the Branching Out, Community Engagement and Inclusion Service  recently received a £600 grant from the ‘Finnis Scott Foundation’ to fund a poly tunnel for the Community Horticultural Space Project that the team are developing.

This means that learners will have the opportunity to grow a wider range of vegetables and flowers all year round.

The Finnis Scott Foundation is a charitable trust  established under the will of Lady Montagu Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in 2006. In the last five years over one million pounds has been given away in grants to a great variety of projects with a focus on horticultural projects such as the Branching Out, Community Horticultural Space Project.

This new initiative will give people the opportunity to learn new horticultural and gardening skills to support mental and physical wellbeing. People will also have the opportunity to develop friendships with others who share similar life  experiences.

Trevor Thomas, Horticulture Project Officer and  volunteers from Branching Out have been hard at it in recent months erecting the poly tunnel at one of  Community Options Residential Care Home sites. The learning space is being prepared and will be up and running in time for summer.

Horticultural workshops will be advertised in the coming months and will be available to Bromley residents with lived experience of mental ill health in the borough.