Green Care Gardening Sessions at Core Landscapes

  • For people with lived experience of mental ill health
  • For people who prefer to learn in an informal environment and/or
  • For people with gardening experience who can support others in their learning

“Green Care” gardening sessions are for people with all levels of gardening know how from complete beginners to experienced gardeners. People learn new skills, or share existing ones, with experienced staff and volunteers in friendly, informal and beautiful environments.

A wide range of gardening skills are gained by helping to care for Core Landscapes’ roof garden and micro plant nursery and by developing the Core Arts members’ community garden. Gardening has been proved time and time again to boost mental wellbeing and the skills learnt also help to promote confidence and self-esteem. The gardens are safe spaces to meet new people and new plants. People can work in pairs, small groups or individually as they prefer.

Core Landscapes also runs Horticultural Workshops for those who prefer to learn in a structured way with clear aims and objectives.

The gardens contain wide ranges of flowers, trees and shrubs for all seasons, medicinal plants, food growing, wildlife pond, container orchard, plant nursery, greenhouse, construction area, drought tolerant planting areas and acid loving plant display. Everything on the roof garden is expertly grown in containers, as Core Landscapes has historically moved from site to site when the land it is housed on gets developed taking the planters with it. It moved to its current roof garden site at Core Arts Hackney E9 from Whitechapel E1 in 2019, and was previously housed in Canning Town E16.

Core Landscapes will be developing a new meanwhile site later in the year…

People can learn about:

  • Plant propagation (making new plants from existing ones)
  • Plant identification
  • What plants to grow where and why
  • Food to grow all year round
  • Container growing
  • Herb growing
  • Organic ways to control pests and diseases
  • Soil management and compost systems

Sessions are held on Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm restarting in September (whatever the weather!)

For more information or to register interest please email Nemone Mercer or call her on 07585 770 868.

Please note these sessions are not suitable for people requiring one to one support.
“Green Care” sessions require a referral from your GP or other health care professional.