Bringing a historic walled garden back to life using therapeutic horticulture and nature therapy

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Growing Sudley Community Interest Company has grown out of the Friends of Sudley Estate, a voluntary community group established to preserve and protect the historic, ecological, botanical and social aspects of the Estate.

The Friends consulted the community to decide how to bring the dilapidated walled garden back into use and, over a period of years the discussions have resulted in a social enterprise with the aim of revitalising the walled garden into an enabling space for health and wellbeing through nature.

The group has been active since 2012 running a variety of community gardening and nature therapy projects, event and activities in the walled garden. As a result of conversations with the community, stakeholders and participants, the current plan is to obtain capital funding for the repairs and refurbishments required to turn the garden into a therapeutic health and wellbeing garden, accessible to those with long-term health conditions and disabilities, as well as the local community.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

— JOHN MUIR

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