In June 2019 we made a grant of £25,000 to Thrive towards the cost of their Working It Out gardening programme for people facing mental or physical ill health.

Our funding trained horticultural therapists to deliver programmes aimed at improving the health, wellbeing and job prospects of participants. Feedback from all 49 gardeners who took part in Working it Out reported improvements to their mental and physical wellbeing. We are also pleased to say that over the last year, 11 Working It Out gardeners gained a City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills, and 7 of them have taken up volunteer roles in their communities. Congratulations to these new gardeners!

We’re looking forward to seeing the green spaces that they will create, especially now as Londoners cultivate a new-found appreciation for outdoor spaces.