ASTHP Conference ‘Outcomes and Impact’

On the 1st of November 2013, the Association for Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners hosted their second annual conference at Askham Bryan College in York. The focus of the conference was on ‘Outcomes and Impact’ and included presentations from Sharon Heaney from Coventry University, Joe Sempik from the University of Nottingham, John Cliff: CEO at Growing People and Sally Kelly from the Guild Social Economy Services CIC.

I will aim to give a brief run down of the presentations in the not too distant future but I do wish to state that it was impeccably organised and very interesting and provided me with lots to think about an ideas for my current practice.

More information about ASTHP can be found here: http://asthp.org.uk/

You can support the work of ASTHP by becoming a member for only £10 per annum.

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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/