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Therapeutic Horticulture Project

Therapeutic horticulture can improve an individual's mental health and wellbeing by allowing time for reflection and relaxation. It has the potential to increase self-confidence, self-esteem and strengthen social skills, therefore allowing children to feeling less socially excluded and positive about their future. This project therefore not only focuses strongly on empowering children to meet their employability potential but benefits students throughout the school by expanding their learning environments.

The Therapeutic Horticulture Project was launched in 2012 at Excelsior Acadamy in Newcastle, partnering with the Royal Horticultural Society the first ‘Our Garden’ project was established in which students were able to spend time with the RHS, creating their school garden whilst learning about horticulture.

In 2014 The Children’s Foundation received a significant donation from The John and Florence Adamson Trust and the project evolved to include the ‘Adamson Scholarship’. Adamson_Scholarship_Logo_MThis scholarship allowed year 11 students the opportunity to persue careers in horticulture by offering them opportunties they would not normally receive. Partnering with Kirkley Hall College (Northumberland University Land Based Acadamy Campus) allowed expansion into Southlands School in North Tyneside, creation of a new ‘Our Garden’ and an annual cohort of students to work through their City and Guilds Level 1 in Practical Horticulture Skills Award.

Since 2012 the project has worked with students from Excelsior Acadamy in Newcastle, The Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington, John Spence School in North Tyneside and is now in its third year of delivery at Southlands School.

Watch this space…… The Children’s Foundation will be expanding the Therapeutic Horticulture Project into two new schools within the region in 2017. Details to follow.

The ‘Our Garden’ project and the ‘Adamson Scholarship’ project now form the ‘Therapeutic Horticulture Project’ and delivers the following key activities

To read more about the current therapeutic horticulture projects click on the links below:


Impact of the scholarship

We are seeing some fantastic results in terms of the students personal skills – interaction, independence and attention.

“It has created a bit of a buzz around horticulture in our school, as the scholarship is something that our younger students can aim for once they reach year 11, they understand that the skills they learn in the garden in their lower years can be used and developed into a qualification later in the school.  We have a lot of students asking to work in our garden and help out with the variety of projects we have going on at the moment.”    

 Stella Ellis – Joint Manager of EPPIC

For information about the scholarship, please contact Alicia Clovis-Mothalib, Project & Fundraising Assistant by email or by telephone 0191 282 0891


Our Therapeutic Horticulture Project is fortunate to receive support from a number of funders including:



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