Urban Growth

Since 2010, Urban Growth has helped individuals with severe and enduring mental health issues develop personal and vocational skills through horticultural training.

Based in Camden Town, the practical and therapeutic work-based programme uses horticultural training to help participants improve their mental health, wellbeing and learn valuable vocational skills.

What does Urban Growth do?

For two days a week, participants attend working-training days on site in Camden Town between 10am and 3pm.

Over the course of the six-month programme, every member of the programme takes an active role in the horticultural management of the organic garden, from deciding what to grow to planting, nurturing and harvesting the crops.

How can Urban Growth help me?

At Urban Growth, we work as part of a holistic process, alongside mental health nurses, GPs, social workers and psychiatrists, to aid your personal development and journey towards recovery.

However, we also do much more than that. When you become a member of Urban Growth, you become part of a community that supports you every step of the way. You’ll also be among other people living with similar mental health conditions and you’ll learn to overcome these together.

We’ll provide you with a stable and structured routine in a vocational setting where you can learn valuable skills, from timekeeping to the importance of working as a team.

But, best of all, you’ll get to take a hands-on approach in the growing of the vegetables and – once they’re ready to harvest– you’ll get to take them home with you too. Plus, in the coldest months, you can take part in cooking classes where you’ll learn how to make healthy, tasty recipes with the things you have grown.

Who can join Urban Growth?

If you – or anybody you know – fits the following criteria, and are interested in joining the programme, do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We’d love to have you on-board.

  • A history of mental health problems
  • London residents aged 18 or above
  • Have appropriate mental health support in place (a care coordinator, mental health nurse or psychiatrist, for example.)
  • Able to commit to two full days per week for six months
  • Free of any drug and alcohol problems for at least six months
  • No history of physical violence towards another person for at least twelve months.

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Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 1:43am
Despite the cooler weather, our nasturtiums and borage and are still looking beautiful #gardening #ecotherapy #growyourown https://t.co/Evpz0f6F2F UrbanGrowthNW1 photo
Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 1:36am
Today we said goodbye to our cucamelons, but dug up these amazing tubers, which we can grow more productive plants from next year! https://t.co/6rMkNhu5zs UrbanGrowthNW1 photo
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 4:18am
Great @BBCRadio4 programme from @IsabelHardman about how nature can improve our mental health. Looking forward to the veg episode next week! https://t.co/9aop2flhNz
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 8:54pm
As September is feeling more like November we've kept ourselves busy planting garlic and onion sets to harvest next year! #gardening #food https://t.co/lSKWtipgSU UrbanGrowthNW1 photo