Therapeutic horticulture changes lives for those with mental health and addiction problems - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater & Taunton College in conjunction with external agencies, The Carlton Centre and Westcliffe House in Weston offer individuals the prospect of gaining a qualification in horticulture.

The practical horticultural course is delivered at an allotment site and a local park within Weston, improving the community spaces and using the sites as a learning resource.

Learners have been attending the course which takes between 3 to 12 months to complete, dependant on the study programme, since 2014 and the courses are proving popular.

The importance of the work undertaken by the college was recently rewarded by becoming a finalist at the Association of Colleges Beacon award in London.  Although the college did not win the award, lecturer of the group Emma Butler said ’ I am honoured to be representing my learners and the College at the award ceremony, the impact of the therapeutic benefits of horticulture can be clearly seen within the course and the results speak for themselves’

The course is designed to allow those individuals who have not been in education for some time, and in need of structure and routine, building confidence, all within the parameters of therapeutic horticulture within their community space.

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