Thrive e-Newsletter

Thrive, the charity for social and therapeutic horticulture in the UK, offer a free e-newletter. I would recommend signing up for anyone with an interest or wanting to learn more about horticultural therapy.

You can sign up here: http://www.thrive.org.uk/subscribe-to-thrive.aspx

You can also download previous issues here: http://www.thrive.org.uk/thrive-news.aspx

They also offer a specific e-newsletter on ‘Training and Education’ which focusses on sharing research, learning opportunities and practice tools for therapists. This is a relatively new addition and is worth examining further.

To find out more information and to sign up for this newsletter please visit: http://www.thrive.org.uk/training-and-education.aspx On this link you will also find out information about the conferences and seminars that Thrive run each year, such as the Green Care White Care which takes place on Monday the 18th of November in London.

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ASTHP 2nd Annual Conference

The 2nd annual conference of the Association for Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners (ASTHP) is to be held at Askham Bryan, York on the 1st of November 2013. It will run from 9:30 to 4:00 with lunch included.

The focus of this year’s conference is ‘Outcomes and Impacts’ with a range of speakers being arranged to address this important area of horticultural therapy.

I attended the 1st conference in Pershore, Worcestershire last year and it was a very informative and educational event and if you are in two minds whether or not to attend this one I would urge you to do so, if you are a practising horticultural therapist or simply interested in the field.

The cost is £40 for members, £50 for non-members and £30 for students.

For more information please see the ASTHP website: http://asthp.org.uk/events/asthp-future-events/

Winston Churchill and Horticultural Therapy

I am delighted and somewhat humbled to announce that I have been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to research and experience horticultural therapy practices in North America.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds people to travel and visit places carrying out best practice in their professional field. The Trust started after the death of Winston Churchill and people have been travelling under the Trust since the 1960’s. At present the Trust offers 125 fellowships each year.

This is generally the main reason things have gone a little quite on this blog recently as I have been organising flights, accommodation and visits.

In order to raise the profile of the Winston Churchill Trust and not to hijack this one I have set up a separate blog which will document my thoughts, feelings and findings as I progress throughout the project. This blog can be found here: http://thetravellinght.wordpress.com/

More information on the Churchill Trust can be found here: www.wcmt.org.uk I fully recommend looking at the website and considering an application. They have been an absolute pleasure to work with, very supportive and understanding throughout.

Helmsley Walled Garden – Yorkshire

A great walled garden in the heart of beautiful Yorkshire countryside (I would say that being from Yorkshire myself!). Not only does it look great but it is run by the local community and offers a horticultural therapy service.

It is definitely worth a visit whether you are interested in horticultural therapy or not. However, save space for lunch at the vegetarian vine-house cafe where they use ingredients grown in the garden.

There is a small admission charge.

More about the garden and it’s horticultural therapy programme can be found here: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk/horticultural-therapy/

Therapeutic and Healing Landscape Design Videos

Bit of a delay between postings but I am back it and came across this video playlist from the Therapeutic and Healing Landscape Design website.

The playlist includes videos from Chicago Botanic Garden, Healing Gardens at The Cheri Amore Garden of Hope, Illinois and the Henry Ford Hospital.

http://wn.com/therapeutic_and_*healing_landscape_design*

Maggie’s Therapeutic Gardeners

Thrive have announced a partnership with Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres in the UK to recruit skilled horticultural therapists to maintain the therapeutic gardens and run sessions for people living with the impact of cancer.

The following locations are looking to appoint therapists: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Dundee, Inverness, Cheltenham, Nottingham and Swansea.

For more information and how to apply please follow this link:

http://www.thrive.org.uk/news/news/do-you-have-the-skills-to-become-one-of-maggies-therapeutic-gardeners-290.aspx

Garden Forever

Gardening for people of all ages, abilities and lifestyles. If I could have but one wish it would be to garden forever”.

No bells and whistles here but an array of useful information. Advice about enabling gardens, sensory gardens, gardens for kids and AIDS awareness gardens amongst other things.

A bit of a gem, enjoy:

http://www.gardenforever.com/