Horticultural therapy and therapeutic horticulture

Horticultural Therapy with Robbie Breadon  and Anja Rosler

Horticultural therapy is the engagement of a client in horticultural activities facilitated by a trained therapist to achieve specific and documented treatment goals. This active process
occurs in the context of an established treatment plan where the process itself is considered the therapeutic activity.

This activity is available at Common Ground to a variety of service users including those referred with mental health problems, individuals who are feeling isolated or who lack social confidence and those with learning difficulties or other needs.

Common Ground has been running these groups since the spring of 2016. The groups are kept small so participants will have a lot of individual support. Activities are coordinated with the individuals’ care team and/or family input.

The 2019 spring group is focused on Anxiety and Depression – it will be a 10 week program and you can use access much more information using this link to our flyer –  Spring 19 HT Group MC.  You can access the service using the referral links below.

Here is a moving extract from an interview made during the 2016 program, which was for individuals with special needs, and below pictures from the same program.


Therapeutic activities include: gardening in a series of raised beds, some of which will be in a polytunnel and others outdoors; activities to support wildlife on the farm; and social time, including reflection, mindfulness and peer support (not forgetting the tea and biscuits!).

If you would like to make a referral for this service see the referrals page. There is also the option of self-referral.

The development of this facility has been supported by a grant from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council under their Community Services program.

Therapeutic Horticulture with Anja Rosler

Therapeutic horticulture is a process that uses plants and plant-related activities through which participants strive to improve their well-being through active or passive involvement. Participants’ goals are not clinically defined and documented.


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