• Helmsley Walled Garden - Seed Sowing
  • Helmsley Walled Garden - Heather Potting Up
  • Helmsley Walled Garden - Horticultural Therapy
  • Helmsley Walled Garden - Horticultural Therapy Image 2
  • Helmsley Walled Garden - Pete's Pictures Example 1
  • Helmsley Walled Garden - Pete's Pictures Example 2

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

What is social and therapeutic horticulture?

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is about supporting and developing people to improve their mental and physical health through gardening. At the garden we work with people with disabilities as well as those who are coping with the effects of depression, social isolation and long-term unemployment.


What we do:

  • Help people to work together, make friends and build social skills
  • Provide a safe environment for people to develop
  • Provide the chance to learn new skills and work within a team
  • Give people a sense of achievement through learning new skills


Social and therapeutic horticulture helps people:

  • Help people to rehabilitate themselves after illness or trauma
  • Improve mobility and motor skills in those who have lost strength through long-term illness or disability
  • Increase a sense of well-being from getting outside and working with plants and nature
  • Helps people to develop at the rate that is right for them


Horticultural therapy can also help people who are recovering from a stroke, in the early stages of dementia, have sight loss, young people with special needs and people with physical and mental disabilities.