In the last year, I have recruited an incredible team of volunteers and I would love to finally introduce you to everyone! This month, meet Chrissie – our therapy garden superstar! Chrissie is based at our Towcester therapy garden every week; transforming the garden, making everyone smile, providing support and bringing in surprise doughnuts for … Continue reading Meet Chrissie
Happy New Year everyone! We're back open after a much needed rest and are super excited for the growing season to start. Whilst we can stay open at our therapy sites, we are limiting our face to face services for January and would like to extend our support to those not nearby or would prefer … Continue reading Growing for Wellbeing online workshop – interested?!
When you step outside for your daily exercise or to do your essential shopping, how many spring bulb shoots can you see popping up through the soil? Slow down your pace and allow your eyes to look around. Daffodils? Snowdrops? All getting ready to bloom and show their beautiful flowers! These bulbs will have been … Continue reading New shoots
Did you know that even on these freezing cold, windy, wet days, you could be growing your own food? That exciting feeling when all the seeds are germinating in Spring is what made me fall in love with gardening. Shoots popping up built my confidence and gave me something to look forward to every day, … Continue reading Are you craving that exciting Spring feeling? Growing Sprouting Seeds.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have already seen the news, but during what is possibly the biggest UK mental and physical health crisis, the first Life at No.27 therapy site which I have poured my heart and soul in to developing and opening with the support of GP's, social prescribers … Continue reading Towcester Allotment Therapy Site – Devastating news!
We need to help more children during this crazy, unsettled and confusing time. But, due to the lack of government funding being given to schools right now in order to effectively support vulnerable and struggling individuals, they are unable to bring me in so I can run my effective wellbeing programmes. One nine week programme … Continue reading Can you help us support more children?
Every day is World Mental Health Day to me, remembering my own journey and now helping to support others daily through my therapeutic gardening programmes. In these current times, more people than ever are feeling the effects of mental ill health. If you are noticing moments or long periods of anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts, … Continue reading World Mental Health Day – Check in and grow!
I'm beyond delighted to welcome Wiltshire based family business, Henchman to the Life at No.27 family and introduce them to you as a new supporter and friend of our work. Henchman has specialised in safety ladders for over 25 years and now joins Empathy by Plantworks as an official Life at No.27 sponsor, helping to … Continue reading Say hi to Henchman!
Are you looking for a challenge or just an excuse to get outside on your own more? I would like to invite you to take part in our new fundraising campaign ‘Challenge 27’! Get outside in nature, relax the mind and help us raise vital funds. You can walk, jog, run, skip, swim or cycle … Continue reading CHALLENGE 27!
Hi! Writing a blog on here feels weird now and I don't know why, perhaps it is because what I would usually be putting on here is now going on social media, in my email newsletter and/or in Kitchen Garden magazine, so it means I don't want to duplicate things in case of annoying you. … Continue reading Hi in July!
I loved recently writing this special blog for Collins4Parents, the education publishers, within HarperCollins. So much so that I thought, I would share it here too, especially as it's Mental Health Awareness Week. Helping kids find mindfulness at home through gardening Finding mindfulness can be tricky right now, even more so when the term ‘mindfulness’ … Continue reading Five ways that gardening can be good for children’s mental wellbeing.
I thought I would share with you my absolute favourite gardening and nature books, plus a podcast I adore, in case you are looking for some inspiration. I have so many books, that I could include in this list, but I want to keep it simple for you. In no particular order, let's begin... No-Dig … Continue reading TOP GARDENING BOOKS AND PODCAST!
Fancy some foraging and cooking right now? How about making delicious sweetcorn and wild garlic mustard fritters?! There is so much wild garlic mustard growing right now, especially in shady woodlands and along hedgerows. As you can see below, it grows along the hedgerow of the canal towpath alongside two other delicious edibles, nettles and … Continue reading Forage and cook: Wild Garlic Mustard and Sweetcorn Fritters
Nearly everyone I know loves cherry tomatoes, especially when they are homegrown and eaten straight off the vine midway through a morning on the plot or in the garden. Are you the same? The first cherry tomatoes of the season always feel and taste particularly special to me, so I need to get sowing asap. … Continue reading Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – Sow, Grow and Eat
The Tête-á-Tête's are flowering and the tulip bulbs are popping up through the soil... it can only mean one thing. Spring is here...finally! During winter I worry that the towpath container garden doesn't look that aesthetically pleasing to passers by and more like just a mass collection of totally random pots in some kind of … Continue reading Spring is HERE!!!