Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy uses gardening as a means of improving pupils’ health and well-being and is available to the majority of pupils.

Lessons would be designed depending on pupil-group, but could include:

  • developing pupils’ practical or social skills, confidence or self-esteem
  • adapting projects to the needs of individual pupils
  • helping pupils to learn basic skills, including numeracy and literacy
  • providing supportive outdoor activity and exercise to build strength and mobility
  • supporting and encouraging pupils, monitoring their progress in meeting their objectives
  • supporting pupils in gaining horticultural qualifications or going on to open or supported employment
  • working closely with other professionals, teachers and physiotherapists

Typical work activities include:

  • supporting individuals to use a diary
  • maintaining individual portfolios of evidence of work
  • adapting equipment and techniques for pupils with mobility or sensory impairments
  • designing and implementing horticultural programmes with pupils
  • teaching individuals horticultural tasks such as sowing seeds, setting out plants, moving compost bags, planting out, lawn mowing, soil preparation and pruning
  • demonstrating the use of tools and materials to ensure they are used safely
  • helping individuals to record their tasks by writing simple summaries or drawing pictures
  • helping individuals to develop confidence and self-esteem through their work
  • assisting individuals to improve their social and practical horticulture skills
  • encouraging pupils to enjoy working in the garden

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