Revitalising people and places through garden therapy & design
                               Revitalising people and places through garden therapy & design

Mind & Memory   Garden Clubs

Assisted gardening and access to nature for people with support needs, including people living with dementia. Booking essential.


Mind & Memory Garden 

Sidney Walter Centre, Worthing BN11 1DS

Friday 10.30am-11.30am£7 for 1 hour session.

"I always return home feeling happy and content." Kenneth Francis


Welcome Woodland Garden

Maybridge Keystone Centre, BN12 6JD

Tuesday 10.30am-1.30pm, £23 for 3 hour session including a light lunch.

"Ah, we are back in our safe space." Margery Godwin


Transport can be arranged through the Royal Voluntary Service, call 01903 851558 and mention Breathing Spaces.


Community Allotment

May Close, Worthing BN12 6HW


For people who want to grow fruit and vegetables in a group, especially if they need motivation or have any support needs like mental health challenges, social isolation or economic disadvantage. Some produce is used for the community cooking sessions run by our partners FoodPioneers at nearby Worthing Homes' Love-It Hub and there is usually enough to take some home too. We have a polytunnel, outdoor beds and we are setting up a forest garden of fruit trees and bushes.


It's a great place to learn about growing food and healthy eating as part of a group, share skills, volunteer, be part of a community. 


Supported by funding from Allen Lane Foundation, Henry Smith Charity and Southern Water.


Fridays, 2pm-4pm

Garden Clubs

Experiencing nature and growing plants brings many benefits to health and wellbeing. We have designed and built age and dementia friendly gardens at two community centres in Worthing. We run evidence-based programmes of therapeutic gardening there, which we call Garden Clubs, for people with support needs, including people living with dementia. 


These spaces are designed to support good health in the users but we take account of their limitations. We have tailored the gardens so that older people, people with dementia, those with disabilities, in recovery, with mental health or behavioural challenges can feel the restorative power of nature, start or carry on gardening. Access to a well-designed garden increases wellbeing and provides both stimulation and relaxation in a reassuring environment. Our programmes are designed to achieve specific theraputic goals according to need. These can be physical, like promoting activity or fine motor movements, and we focus on stimulating mind, memory, emotional wellbeing and social interaction.


We believe that places and people should sustain each other and so our gardens are also earth and wildlife friendly.

What makes us different?

What we do is not 'just gardening with people'. We understand and practice assisted gardening, design and access to nature as therapy, with intended beneficial outcomes. Our gardens are the only ones in the community in Worthing that have been designed with therapeutic goals in mind that are accessible to all ages and abilities. We work with people as individuals who have different interests, history, abilities and needs. We assess their needs and adjust our programmes accordingly. 


We are a Community Interest Company, which means that we are a non-profit with a social purpose. To find out more, follow these links:

about us 

about garden therapy

What else do we do?

As well as running assisted gardening programmes in the community, we provide social and therapeutic horticulture activities in some local care homes. We design and build therapeutic gardens, which we are happy to tackle in stages as funds allow. We run courses, for example, on mindful gardening, as well as corporate volunteering and team away days. We also work with pre-school children as Garden Educators, growing food with early years children. 

our services

Project gallery

Take a look at some of our work.


Try it first

We invite you to attend your first Garden Club session with no obligation. If you like it and want more, you can then sign up and pay for a programme that includes the trial session. 


Tel: 07508 178590 Claire

Tel: 07827 924151 Lisa

You can also use our contact form.

All Year

We have a cosy yurt with wood-burning stove at the Welcome Woodland Garden and we go into the shed at the Mind and Memory Garden or the main hall of the Sidney Walter Centre when it's really cold.


We are delighted to be

participating in the Accelerator Programme of the Spark Social Enterprise project, supported by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme. Visit

for more information on the Spark project


We are also delighted to have been awarded funds from Tesco Bags of Help to start a Garden Club at New Tyne Resource Centre for people with dementia - see here


We add latest things of interest to our Facebook page. For older news items and our blog, see here


We are based in Worthing, West Sussex. We run two Garden Clubs in the community and a Community Allotment - addresses are on the home page.

Breathing Spaces Garden Therapy

Community Interest Company 

(limited by guarantee)


Company Number 8825167


Registered office:

c/o Andrew M Wells Accountancy

99 Western Road

Lewes BN7 1RS

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