Frequently asked questions

When are are you open?

Our main sessions run on Mondays and Tuesdays, sessions are 2 hours and usually run 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm.  There’s the option of bringing a packed lunch to eat before or after a session.  Email us on or phone/text/whatsapp 07535 636 018 to find out more!

How much does it cost?

The cost per session is £21, or £42 for a full day. This includes use of all equipment, as well as tea and coffee during refreshment breaks.

What would I be doing at Ridgeline?

It depends on the weather and time of year but typically includes:-

  • sowing, growing and maintaining flowers, vegetables and other plants in the garden
  • mowing the lawn
  • nature-themed activities, such as craft projects and cooking vegetables grown in the garden

What gardening experience do I need?

Any – whether you’re a beginner or expert, our sessions offer a wonderful environment for esperiencing the benefits of horticultural therapy.

What happens in bad weather?

Our pavilion and polytunnel provide shelter when it’s wet or cold, and there’s plenty of shade outside when it’s hot.

What do I need to bring with me?

We provide all the tools and equipment needed for the activities you will be involved with.  Wear clothes that are suitable for gardening.  We can provide gloves, or you may decide to bring your own with you.  If you would like to have lunch at Ridgeline, bring a packed lunch with you – we provide teas and coffees.

Can I try a session to see if it’s for me?

Yes, of course. Please contact us to arrange a visit. You are welcome to come along to a trial session before deciding if it’s for you. This also gives us the opportunity to meet you and to see how we can help you make the most of each session.

I have difficulty moving and cannot stand for long.

Not a problem, as we have wonderful raised bed areas and adapted tools. Lots of gardening activities can be done sitting down, and other activities can be adapted to suit your needs, supervised by our qualified horticultural therapists.

What about transport to the Ridgeline garden?

Many of our gardeners use ReadiBus, the dial-a-ride bus service for people with restricted mobility in and around Reading. The garden is easy to get to by public transport – go to How to find us for more details. We are not able to provide transport. If you prefer to drive, we have our own car park next to the garden.

Are you able to help me with personal care?

We are unable to assist with personal care needs, we are happy for you to bring a carer with you.

How can I start coming to Ridgeline?

You can contact us directly yourself to arrange a visit or book sessions.  Or someone can refer you to us – we take referrals from family members and carers, health and social care professionals. Click here for more information.

We hope we have provided answers to any questions you may have but for any specific requirements that you would like to discuss do get in touch with us.