Ridgeline helps people with experience of mental and/or physical difficulties, learning difficulties and other special needs. In the setting of our beautiful garden we aim to help people, through regular professionally run sessions, to learn new skills, regain lost skills, and improve social skills in order to regain confidence and self esteem.
When are sessions run?
We have supported gardening sessions, with our trained Horticultural Therapist, on Monday and Tuesday.
How much does it cost?
The cost per session is £20.00 and our normal sessions run from 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm but we can be flexible according to your needs.
What would I be doing?
The type of activities our gardeners can be involved in varies according to the weather and time of year but can, typically, include: Vegetable growing and cut flower production Lawn mowing, weeding and watering Plant propagation and garden maintenance.
What gardening experience do I need?
None – we welcome all levels of gardening experience. All you need is interest and we will help you with the rest.
What happens if it rains or is very cold?
A greenhouse and polytunnel and heated propagators are being funded by the Co-op, which means we can garden throughout the year in the warm and dry. Alternatively, we occasionally use our lovely pavilion, with accessible toilets, for gardening-themed crafts or activities as well as coffee breaks and lunch breaks.
Can I try a session to see if it is for me?
Yes, of course. Please contact our Horticultural Therapist to arrange a visit. You would be welcome to come along to a trial session before deciding if you would like to attend on a regular basis. This also gives us an opportunity to get to know you and identify how we can best help you gain the most out of each session should you decide to join us.
What if I have difficulty moving and cannot stand for long?
That is not a problem. We have a wonderful new raised bed area, funded by the Earley Charity, specifically for our gardeners who have mobility difficulties.
Is there anything you are not able to do?
Unfortunately, we are not able to transport anyone to or from the garden but many of our gardeners use Readibus. We are also unable to assist with personal care though someone may accompany you to help with that if necessary.
How can I be referred?
We take referrals from all client groups, either from people directly,or through health and social care agencies.
We hope this page will answer any questions you may have or if you have specific requirements that you would like to discuss please do get in touch with us. We would be pleased to hear from you.