We have a lovely garden and a vegetable patch where our service users can get involved in planting and growing crops. Every year we grow our own pumpkins for Halloween.
Gardening is a busy, and creative activity as well as being therapeutic and rewarding. There is the opportunity to work as part of a team or individually. Service users carry out seasonal work by clearing from the previous year and planning and preparing for the next season.
Service users get involved in planting and growing crops whether it is flowers or vegetables, sometimes planting up patio pots. Service users help to prepare the outside ground for vegetables or flowers, learn how to handle plants and prepare the soil, sow seeds, plant plugs, use fertiliser, label plants, and keep the garden area clean and tidy.
Service users also have opportunity to develop their own small allotments here at the John Graham Centre and take whatever they produce home with them.