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

Our strengths

Horticultural therapy programmes - in the community and for care home residents

We run Garden Clubs in the community with programmes of garden-related activities to meet specific social and therapeutic goals. We make an initial and ongoing assessments so that we can monitor the impact. Gardening in small groups can stimulate thinking skills, boost self-esteem and keep people socially active, which is especially important for older people and in the early stages of living with dementia. Tasks can be adapted for different abilities, interests, mobility, strength, memory, personal history and wellness and include seed sowing, potting on, propagating, planting, watering, harvesting, pruning, weeding, digging, mowing, sweeping leaves, even basic carpentry etc.


"I like the social apsect of the club and together with my enjoyment of gardening I look forward to every Friday." Peter Lovelace


Gardening therapy has benefits for people at any stage of dementia. There is evidence that meaningful, structured, individualised activities can reduce depression, frustration, aggression and the tendency to 'wander'. We can continually adapt the activities we do. We run sessions in a number of care homes for people with more advanced dementia and nursing needs, and some care homes bring their residents to our gardens. We focus on providing sensory, enjoyable experiences for people at later stages.


"These sessions always expand my mind and make me remember things about my childhood." Dorothy Daniels


We currently take referrals from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Memory Assessment Service, Alzheimer's Society, Adur and Worthing Councils' 'Going Local' and other agencies as well as self-referrals - just ring us to discuss, or you can tell your GP about us and ask them to make a referral.


Therapeutic garden design

We specialise in gardens for older people, including people living with dementia. What's special about our gardens? We like to incorporate 5 key design elements:


  • Sensory beds - these can be enjoyed from indoors or out, designed to stimulate or soothe, and can be quiet or social
  • Purposeful pathways - these wheelchair or walking routes give a sense of access, control, security and return the users to a familiar place.
  • Growing Club - an area of level or raised beds for different needs and abilities, for the activity of growing things and another potential social space.
  • Serenity spot - a quiet area for contemplation or privacy.
  • Landmarks - signficant objects to help users find and remember their way around and maybe trigger personal, enjoyable memories.

We have designed two gardens in the community, as well as gardens in care homes.


"(Claire and Lisa) have been professional throughout the project. We are looking forward to seeing the garden in full bloom." Luci Spears, Windsor Road Care Home


See more about the gardens in the project gallery.

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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