What is social and therapeutic horticulture (STH)?

STH is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. It also uses the garden as a safe and secure place to develop someone’s ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent. (Thrive)

The benefits associated with STH are huge and wide reaching covering the following areas:

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Psychological
  • Social
  • Learning

Our sessions are planned around the client’s needs, both directed (targeting specific outcomes) and holistic (focusing on general well-being and development).

What groups do we cater for?

Currently at Tuppenny Barn we cater for those with mild to moderate mental health conditions along with those who have suffered brain injury.

We are excited to announce that in partnership with Stonepillow, we are welcoming a new client group, who are supported by the charity helping homeless and vulnerable adults, to garden with us at Tuppenny Barn.

There is no experience necessary, we just ask that you have an interest in gardening.

When is it?

Friday 10:00 – 12:00 (Commencing 10/12/21)

Friday 13:30 – 15:30

Due to limited spaces, we ask you to attend regularly but we understand that this is not always possible.

How can I find out more?

  1. For general queries please contact: Jane, or Duncan or call 01243 377780
  2. Referral is made by social prescribers, GPs, psychiatrists, social workers, support workers or similar.

The referral procedure can be found here

The referral forms can be found here


We would like to extend our thanks to the Finnis Scott Foundation and The Postcode Lottery who kindly helped fund our project