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Grow Chichester Community Garden

Funded on Spacehive 15 August 2018

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Grow Chichester Community Garden

Grow Chichester Community Garden

Transition Chichester By Transition Chichester

Providing weekly therapeutic gardening sessions for people with a range of mental health issues, so that they can benefit from gentle outdoor exercise and access to fresh produce they grow themselves

Chichester Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 15 Aug 2018!

Grow Chichester manages two community gardens on previously disused land. Grant funding has enabled us to purchase tools and plants and make structural improvements such as raised beds suitable for wheelchair users. We currently provide weekly sessions led by a trained horticultural therapist for 15 vulnerable service users with a range of mobility and health problems. Service users benefit from gentle outdoor exercise and have access to fresh organic produce. A recent survey indicated that they had all felt an improvement in physical health and general well-being since they started coming to the garden Now that these therapeutic sessions are well-established, we wish to extend the range of service users benefiting from our gardens and provide additional weekly sessions for people with mental health issues. Funding is required to help us pay for the services of our horticultural therapist to lead these sessions.

What we'll deliver:

  • Weekly gardening sessions for people with mental health issues
  • Upgrade pathways to make them safe for vulnerable users
  • Install a rainwater harvesting system

Why it's a great idea:

We have all become increasingly aware of the rise in mental health problems in our society. There is much evidence of the benefits to physical and mental well-being to be derived from gardening. We have been approached by a number of local organisations catering for people with mental health issues such as MIND and The Richmond Fellowship who are eager for some of their clients to join tailor-made gardening sessions. Our project will help to fulfill this need.

Steps to get it done:

  • Sourcing service users for new therapeutic horticulture sessions
  • First session facilitated by therapeutic horticulturalist
  • Sessions well-established with regular attendees
  • Rainwater harvesting system installed
  • Pathways upgraded to make them safe for vulnerable users


Location Chichester

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Chichester District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,298

Services of therapeutic horticulturalist - £2,160 (41%)
Grant - £2,000 (38%)
Public liabilities insurance - £610 (12%)
Garden improvements - £332 (6%)
Other - £196 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Services of therapeutic horticulturalist
Public liabilities insurance
Garden improvements
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £5,298

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