About Me

Since October 2016 I have been the Lecturer in Horticulture for Wakefield ColMe Uptonlege, where I deliver City and Guilds level one and two in Practical Horticulture.

I also work for and am a member of Incredible Edible Wakefield. I deliver a gardening club at Outwood Memorial Hall, Wakefield on a Tuesday morning.

Over the last twelve months I have delivered some freelance training for Thrive and was delighted to be invited to speak to the Horticultural Therapy Students at Coventry University.

In 2013 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to Canada and the USA to study and compare the development of horticultural therapy and it’s professionalism in North America. More information about the Fellowship and for a free download of my report please visit:




For seven years I was employed as a horticultural therapist with the South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT), England. I worked within a multi-disciplinary team at a specialist assessment and treatment centre for adults with learning disabilities. I worked on various Trust wide projects, such as the Caring Garden. I also delivered training to other professionals on how to use horticulture as a beneficial activity. In September 2016 I was made redundant from SWYT as the learning disability service went through it’s transformation.

Unfortunately the horticultural therapy page at SWYPFT has been removed, which is a shame, as even though some of the information has changed it demonstrated the benefits of horticulture within a mental health and learning disability service.

There is an article still remaining regarding the Churchill Fellowship award:

Therapist Awarded National Fellowship

I hold a BSc (Hons) Degree in Health and Environment from the University of Huddersfield, RHS Level 2 Certificate, PGCE (Secondary) Science from Liverpool Hope University and the Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture which was awarded by Coventry University in conjunction with Thrive.

For more information about horticulture at Wakefield College please visit:

Animal Care and Horticulture at Wakefield College Facebook Page

For more information about Incredible Edible Wakefield please visit:

Incredible Edible Wakefield

The views expressed on this blog are my own opinion and are not linked or should be considered the views of Wakefield College, Incredible Edible, Thrive or South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Twitter: @RichardBrownHT


12 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Richard, could you please circulate the date for the ASTHP 2nd Annual Conference. It is due to be held on 1st November 2013, from 9.30 – 16.00, at Askham Bryant College (York). The focus this year is on measuring ‘Outcomes & Impact’. Hope to see you there and catch up. Many thanks, Theresa

    • Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for the message. I have only just got back so will definitely put it up on the blog. Also organising the study leave from work to be at the Conference. Keep up the good work.

  2. Your site is an excellent resource for others interested in the value and utility of healing gardens. Thank you for your considerable efforts to maintain this site. And thank you for tagging your post with Horticultural Therapy! — The Healing Garden gardener

  3. Hello Richard,
    Please visit http://www.mobilegarden.co.uk and view the workstation i designed and made originally for the seated gardener. We did take it to the 1st ASTHP conference at pershore a few years ago, but a lot of developments have taken place since then.If you follow the facebook link you trace the travels of the mobilegarden.Your comment would be welcome.
    Regards John

  4. Unfortunately I missed the evening talk with the WI in Cleckheaton recently but wondered if there is anything similar coming up in Yorkshire in the future. Could you please let me know, thankyou, Joseph Elliott

    • Hi Joseph. Thanks very much for showing an interest and taking the time to comment. I apologise that it has taken me so long to reply to you. I did the talk at Cleckheaton WI as my mum is a member. I am not usually out that way, as I live and work in Wakefield. I do not currently have any talks coming up but if I do I will keep you informed. If you need anything please feel to email me. Thanks again,.

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