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Charity Number: 288871
Growing Places Berkshire is a registered Charity set up to promote opportunities for people with Learning Disabilities through the provision of social and therapeutic activities, training and practical work experience in Horticulture.
We have a site on a farm at Turgis Court on the Duke of Wellington Estate where we support people to grow vegetables, flowers and herbs in their own plots and enjoy the benefits of working in our conservation area, greenhouse and polytunnels.
To provide a real sense of enjoying the freedom that comes from working in an environment that brings out positive changes and benefits for people with Learning Disabilities.
• Enabling individuals to make new friends, develop their social and communication skills
• Promote and encourage choice & independence
• Improve concentration and focus on tasks
• Reduce stress and improve physical & mental health
• Build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of achievement
• Practice numeracy, reading and writing skills
All of the income generated through plant sales is used to fund seeds, plug plants, compost, tools and equipment needed to support the charities development.
The majority of plants grown are looked after by the people who come to the farm, but as we have no public access for visitors the plants are sold on our site at the Acorn Community Centre at Woosehill in Wokingham. Our plants are allowed to grow naturally without the use of fertilisers to enhance their growth and are very well looked after and generally loved!
We are always happy to welcome volunteers who would like to help look after and sell our plants on site or at fetes, fayres and other venues.
If you have green fingers or are interested in what we do then please contact Peter Roffe for more information on how you can support the Charity.
Tel: 01189 62 7811