Ridgeline Trust helps people with a variety of health conditions and disabilities to access the benefits of horticultural therapy through attending weekly sessions in a beautiful, accessible garden in Whiteknights Road, East Reading. We support people suffering the effects of mental illness and or physical disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs to regain lost skills, learn new skills, improve social skills and environmental awareness, and to build confidence and self esteem.
Our values of inclusion, dignity, compassion and equity lie at the heart of Ridgeline’s responsible planning and provision. Working with caring organisations and volunteers from the local community we aim to enhance the quality of life of our clients, to increase their contact with and knowledge of the natural environment, and to enable them to take a fuller part in community life.
How does it work?
Our peaceful garden is a secure and welcoming place where people learn new skills, develop a more active lifestyle, make friends and work with a sense of purpose and enjoyment. Our horticultural therapists plan and deliver the sessions according to client needs and goals, with the support of volunteers. The activities include seed sowing, potting-on plants, dead-heading, weeding, watering, and digging. Our all-weather, spacious pavilion provides for indoor activities such as cooking and craft.
Explore our website for more information and if you, or someone you know, could benefit from attending one of our weekly horticultural therapy sessions, click here for more information.
The garden is also open to other community members by arrangement, such as local schools and the Multi-Cultural Gardening Club.