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Making a referral to Hart’s Community Garden


Everyone benefits from connecting with nature in a welcoming social space and community gardens such as Hart’s Community Garden provide a vital therapeutic service to those who may benefit more than others. Here, we explain our referrals process and why you might want to refer someone to Hart’s Community Garden.

Community gardens bring a wide range of benefits, from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food and flowers to enjoy. Gardening and connection with nature helps to reduce anxiety levels and improve the health and wellbeing of those involved, relieving the stresses and strains of every day life. Those who attend Hart’s Community Garden report feeling happier and healthier through their involvement there.


Five key benefits

Five key benefits from a sustained and active interest in gardening are:

  1. Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility
  2. Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
  3. The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feeling of isolation or exclusion
  4. Acquiring new skills to improve the chance of finding employment
  5. Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the ‘great outdoors’


You can find more details about how gardening helps people through the Royal Horticultural Society and Thrive, with whom the Hart’s Community Garden team have trained.


Who & why to refer

Individuals who especially benefit from joining Hart’s Community Garden include those who:

  • are anxious, socially isolated and/or lonely
  • have lost confidence after the Covid-19 lockdowns
  • have mild mental health issues
  • need to improve their physical activity if at risk of developing conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes (or recently diagnosed)
  • would like to learn new skills
  • may not have their own accessible outdoor space to enjoy
  • have stopped gardening due to ill health or disability but would enjoy guided gardening with others
  • have different disabilities, including those:
      • recovering from stroke and heart disease
      • living with partial sight or blindness
      • in the early stages of dementias
      • living with physical and/or learning disabilities

How to make a referral

Please ensure you have permission of the person you wish to refer before making a referral to Hart’s Community Garden:

  1. Complete a referral form (Referral Form to the Community Garden V2) and send it to mtg@hartvolaction.org.uk 
  2. The Hart’s Community Garden team will acknowledge receipt of the referral, by email, within 3 working days and you may receive a follow-up phone call if any further details are needed
  3. The referred individual (along with the referrer, if appropriate) will then be invited to an initial meet-up to Hart’s Community Garden within 5 working days. This might at be Hart’s Community Garden itself or at Hart Voluntary Action in Fleet
  4. The Hart’s Community Garden team will confirm whether they can accept the referral within 5 working days*

*Please note that Hart’s Community Garden may not be able to accept all referrals made to our community garden. 


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