Horticulture at Headley Court | Love The Garden

Horticulture at Headley Court

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)


Planting at the new Horticulture Therapy Centre at Headley Court
Hayden Ayres, Henry Sakyi and Carole Sales plant up the new garden with some roses

Scotts Miracle-Gro has a strong community outreach programme. We are deeply committed to supporting several charities and projects that use gardening and horticulture as a source of therapy, helping to improve people’s lives and rehabilitation into the modern world.


Horticultural therapy is used at Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. Here we are working very closely with Carol Sales, the first Horticultural Therapist appointed at Headley Court, through the new charity HighGround and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

And we were honoured to be at the official opening of the new Horticulture Therapy Centre at Headley Court this week. The BBC covered the event alongside the British Forces Broadcasting Service.

You can view the BFBS clip at www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOa8K_Y_BdI&feature=youtu.be

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has supported the project, run by HighGround, so patients at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre can use horticulture as part of their recovery. It’s well documented that gardening can improve mood, and here it also works on dexterity and mobility for soldiers with severe brain or limb injuries, as well as learning a new skill.


Using Miracle-Gro All Purpose Continuous Release Plant Food when planting
Miracle-Gro All Purpose Continuous Release Plant Food is used in the planting hole to promote strong growth

We have given our support by providing several pallets of growing media, composts and mulches, plant foods and pest control products. This has allowed patients to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers – including some plants for The Soldiers’ Charity Garden at next week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff from The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “HighGround and Soldiers’ Charity will give soldiers the chance to do something meaningful for their recovery and for their CV with the new horticulture therapist. It can help body and mind, and become a lifelong skill for life beyond the Army. Already patients are reporting the benefits. This project demonstrates our commitment to serving soldiers, and to working in partnership with other charities and with the MoD.”


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