Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners

Today I came across this association. Not quite sure why I wasn’t aware of them before. Still perplexed by that. Anyway, I hope to attend their first AGM in November 2012.

On their website their aims are stated as:

  • To develop and promote the profession.
  • To be the representative body for Horticultural Therapists and practitioners of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • To promote, maintain and improve the theory, practice and benefits of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.
  • To forge links with practitioners and similar organisations at home and abroad

Most importantly I feel is that their long term goal is to create a voluntary professional registration for social and therapeutic horticulture practitioners in the UK. This is something which is most needed in the UK in order to create a more professional and scientific approach to the use of horticulture as therapy. Sadly, the UK lies behind both the USA and Canada in this respect.

How close the professional registration that they are after I do not know, but ill hopefully find out in November. However I have heard from a contact in Vancouver that a member of the group recently spent some time in Canada looking at the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association regarding how they created professional registration and examining policy documents  which all sounds like it is heading in the right direction.


One thought on “Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners

  1. Hello Richard, Thanks for the mention on your blog. The reason why you have not heard of the Association of Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners (ASTHP) until recently is that we have spent the last three years conducting steering committee meetings in order to develop the Association and are now finally in a position to launch. We are indeed holding our first annual conference this coming friday (2nd November 2012) which will be a fantastic opportunity for STH practitioners to come together and help shape the organisation. We look forward to meeting with you then. On behalf of the Trustees ASTHP – Theresa Wedderburn (Chair)

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