We work in hostel grounds, public parks and on our own allotment, developing gardening skills, growing organic vegetables and carrying out hard landscaping and building projects. We have many types of garden, so everyone can take part and find something enjoyable to do - whatever their abilities or physical difficulties. We provide lunch and travel expenses. We currently operate in Lambeth, Southwark, Haringey and Westminster but are always keen to hear about new opportunities.
Skills and training
The main emphasis is to support our clients to gain skills, qualifications, paid and voluntary work.
Garden trainer Robert, who is funded by Ecominds, has worked with 75 clients across our mental health projects.
Putting Down Roots supplies fruit and vegetables from the allotment, for example, to The Table Cafe in Southwark. PDR is also contracted to provide maintenance for Melior Street community gardens, and keen for similar contracts (renovation, maintenance, development).
Although the project would like to attract more paying clients/ contracts, PDR wishes to keep the strong emphasis on its work with clients, especially in the area of therapeutic gardening.
Putting Down Roots is now being developed to work with 1,700 vulnerable young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across London, Bristol, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. This project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and is part of the Our Bright Future programme.
Pictures and Community Activity
Read more: Putting Down Roots Recovery Results
If you are interested in joining Putting Down Roots, please contact Martin Calderwood on 07714 699 616, or ask your keyworker to complete the PDR Keyworker Referral form and return it to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have a keyworker, complete a Putting Down Roots Self Referral form.
Currently we can only take referrals from St Mungo's Broadway clients. To register your interest for a referral in the future email mailto:email@example.com