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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a community garden?

  • a community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people
  • a community garden is a space that uses gardening to help people take care of their physical, emotional and social wellbeing
  • a community garden is a place to relax, a way to engage with nature, meet others and get active outdoors
  • a community garden can bring people together from different backgrounds and improve individual confidence and and community inclusion

What are some benefits of community gardening?

  • a community garden can bring a wide range of benefits, from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food and flowers to enjoy
  • gardening can help reduce anxiety levels and improve the health and wellbeing of those involved, relieving the stresses and strains of everyday life
  • people report feeling happier and healthier through their involvement in a garden
  • community gardening benefits people with many different disabilities, including those recovering from stroke and heart disease, blind and partially sighted people, those in the early stages of dementia and people with physical and learning disabilities

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in joining Hart’s Community Garden you can apply to join by completing an application form and forwarding it to mtg@hartvolaction.org.uk or posting it to Hart Voluntary Action.

Membership includes:-

  • refreshments on each visit
  • weekly access to the garden
  • guidance, use of facilities and tools whilst on the garden
  • a pair of gloves
  • half-price offer for two of our creative activity workshops each year (i.e. summer hanging basket, birdbox or Christmas wreath)
  • invitations to two social get togethers (i.e. cream tea)

This membership donation cost is an annual payment of £80 (a saving of £16 on paying £8.00 monthly). This money contributes to the running costs of the community garden.

*Financial hardship cases can be considered.

How do I refer someone else?

If you are a health/social/wellbeing professional or a family member/friend, you can refer someone else.

*You must have permission from the individual that you are referring

  1. Complete fully a referral form and forward to mtg@hartvolaction.org.uk
  2. You will receive an email confirming safe receipt of the referral within 3 working days.
  3. Expect a follow-up phone call from Hart’s Community Garden for any further information if required.
  4. The individual referred (along with the referrer if appropriate) will then be invited along to have an initial meet-up with Hart’s Community Garden within 5 working days of receiving the referral. This meet-up may either be in the community garden itself or at Hart Voluntary Action in Fleet.
  5. Hart’s Community Garden will not be able to accept all referrals to the community garden.  However, we will respond either way to a referral within 5 working days of the initial meet-up with the referred individual

 

Can I use my Direct Payment Budget?

If you have been assessed as being eligible by Social Services and are in receipt of a direct payment budget, you can use this for a community garden membership.

Do get in touch with mtg@hartvolaction.org.uk or call 01252 815652 extension 701/702 for more information.

I am being referred by someone else..?

If you have been referred to Hart’s Community Garden by someone else, i.e. a health/social/wellbeing professional or a family member/friend, you may have some additional support needs.

Following an initial assessment with you, together we can then create a social and therapeutic session plan including gardening and creative workshops that takes into account your particular needs.

Included in your plan will be:-

  • 1:1 support and structure, specifically tailored for you
  • refreshments on each visit
  • guidance, use of facilities and tools whilst on the garden
  • a pair of gloves
  • invitation to a summer social get together (i.e. cream tea)

The cost for a morning or afternoon session will be £20.00.  This money contributes to the running costs of the community garden.

How can a community or voluntary get involved?

If you are a group that delivers activities for the benefit of the community in Hart and neighbouring districts, you can join on a group membership, which includes:

  • a group of up to 8 people attending a monthly session
  • refreshments
  • either a monthly gardening session or creative activity workshop (including all materials)
  • guidance, use of facilities and tools whilst on the garden
  • gloves
  • invitation to summer social get together (i.e. cream tea)

This group membership donation cost is £75 per month for up to 8 people each time.  An annual membership is available at a discounted price.  This money contributes to the running costs of the community garden.

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