Help Us Grow: a gardening programme for people in recovery 

We are running a 9-week programme at Chelsea Physic Garden for people in recovery. The programme teaches the basis of gardening, botany and ethnobotany, as well as how to use plants for medicine, as inspiration for art and in cooking. 

The course runs for 9 consecutive Wednesdays from September 4th 2019 from1.30 pm - 3.30 pm. 

This course is now fully booked but we will most probably run it again in the spring of 2020

If you have any questions please email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Elkstone Road Garden Oasis:
an urban community garden in North Kensington

The Elkstone Road garden, at the foot of Trellick Tower, is an unloved ‘garden’, which has been misused over the years with lots of anti-social behaviour. In collaboration with RBKC community gardening team, this pilot project aims:

  • to provide a beautiful space, which people who live locally can enjoy
  • to grow and teach about food
  • to develop natural wildlife
  • to teach about how to use plants to heal ourselves
  • to develop positive health and well-being

This garden is for the community. Supported by our expertise here at Chelsea Physic Garden, we would love local people to share their knowledge and get involved. 

If you would like to get involved, run a workshop at the garden or volunteer your time to this project, please contact [email protected]

Waltham Forest Youth Offender Gardening Project

For the past five years, our education team have been working in partnership with Waltham Forest Council Youth Offending Team to transform the unused space behind the offices to growing spaces. All of the work is carried out by young offenders, young people range from 12-18, as part of their reparation order. So far, raised beds have been built to plant and grow vegetables and fruit, as well as fruit trees, wildflowers and hedgerows of berries.  

The vegetables and fruit grown in the garden are sold to the social workers and other staff members in the offices the garden is part of. The money raised is then given to the charity Victims Support, enabling the young people to give something back to the community.

“This support has been invaluable to Waltham Forest YOT and its young people. Often, they know nothing about where fruit and vegetables even come from.    It has made a big difference to the successful completion of reparation orders.” Steve Clements: Reparation Officer

Through learning skills of garden maintenance and horticulture, the young people have been successful in applying for gardening maintenance positions in garden centres. One young person has enjoyed the time spent in the garden so much that they are now attending Capel Manor Horticulture College.

“Gardening is a useful life skill to learn”. Young person  



Next on our list is combat waste in the offices and garden. We are due to build compost heaps and a cage for leaf mould.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine at

St Mungos 

We are holding regular herbal medicine workshops at recovery colleges across West London, in support of St Mungos homeless charity. Those who attend, often residents of the recovery centres, feel empowered and inspired to learn how to heal themselves naturally with plants. 

For more information about the charity, see:

If you would like to volunteer your time in support of any of these projects, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

If you would like visit the garden with your community group or develop a community projects alongside our Outreach Officer, please complete the form here.

“This year we have been lucky enough to have received £86,300 over three years from the
City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.”