What we do
We support people with learning disabilities - known as our Earthworkers – alongside our wonderful volunteers to manage 3.5 acres of beautiful eco-gardens in St Albans. Our discipline is called social and therapeutic horticulture.
We offer our Earthworkers work experience and informal training in horticulture, ecology and conservation, small-scale construction, wood work and crafts. Together, we cultivate fruit, vegetables and ornamental plants using organic principles, and build wildlife habitats.
Our pilot project, Earthworks on Wheels, empowers Earthworkers to travel into the community to use the skills learned at Earthworks to care for the gardens of vulnerable people.
Our onsite workshops for children and young people with learning disabilities, and our summer scheme for young adults, offer purposeful activities and an education in horticulture.
We engage with our local community through our monthly stall on the St Albans' farmer market, where we sell our produce. We invite the pubic to share our gardens and experience social inclusion at our seasonal events and workshops.
By providing purposeful activity in our gardens, we develop skills, build confidence and communication, and boost physical and mental health and well-being.
By engaging with our wider community, we champion social inclusion, protection of the environment, and sustainability.