BIG NEWS! We applied for the Aviva Community Fund and have been accepted! Which means we now have a Crowdfunding Page! CROWDFUNDING PAGE - DONATE The aim is to raise enough funds to launch a new therapy garden and programmes in South Wales. We are raising money to set up a new therapy garden, where we … Continue reading AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND – NEW THERAPY GARDEN
The new dates are set for Growing for Wellbeing Week 2023 (5th - 11th June) and we will be releasing a new resource pack this year, which I'm so excited about! It will be full of new gardening activities, mindfulness exercises, wellbeing tips and of course the national curriculum links Over the years the demand … Continue reading RESOURCE PACK – YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE
Hiya! This is more of a life update, than a plant or garden update, hence the title. But hopefully it will explain why itself. My lifeLife is pretty crazy right now, firstly I get married in less than two weeks!! Just last month I successfully finished and passed my Level 3 Counselling course which I … Continue reading Life Update – August 2022
I'm beyond excited to finally (I've been thinking about it for years!!) launch the Growing for Wellbeing Podcast! Designed for gardeners, those seeking mental health support, students of horticultural therapy, trained therapists and medical practitioners. Welcome and I hope you enjoy the trailer, which will tell you more about what's to come! Episode 1 coming … Continue reading Growing for Wellbeing Podcast – Trailer
I'm delighted to announce that Haxnicks have chosen to support Life at No.27 this year! From today, Haxnicks will make a 10% donation to Life at No.27 for any purchases made using our exclusive code; saveat27. As you can see we use their protective tunnels and growing bags a lot within all our schools and … Continue reading Haxnicks 2022 Partnership
I'm delighted to be teaming up with Barton Art in Nature and the Barton GP Surgery, Oxfordshire, to launch 'Growing Together' a new 12 week wellbeing gardening programme at the newly built Barton Wellbeing Garden.Connecting men in the community who are struggling with their mental health and coming together to chat and grow 💚 Places … Continue reading Growing Together – Oxfordshire 12 week programme
Do you love watching how nature and gardens transform throughout the seasons? The colour changes? The different tones, scents, colours and textures that arrive at different times of year?Each month in 2021, I would love to spread a bit of garden joy and will share how the therapy gardens and towpath garden are changing! New … Continue reading New Monthly Photo Wall and Calendar Competition!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
Give me two seconds to let that blog title sink in. Nope...2, 5, or 100 seconds isn't enough! I still can't believe it even after all the writing, editing, sending it off to print and now seeing it available to pre-order pretty much every where online. But yes, I have written a children's interactive grow … Continue reading I’M A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!