Urban Growth Service

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?

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 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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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 8:03pm
@professorgreen Great to see you opening Chelsea's Feel Good Garden the other day! We're a garden therapy project for people with mental health issues based in Camden, any chance of a retweet for our Crowdfunder? https://t.co/DxCwW9hD9s
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 7:56pm
Great article about the healing benefits of gardening here, investing in green space and nature-based activity really is the way forward when it comes to public health. #ecotherapy #gardening https://t.co/Lnd38FKsew
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 7:05pm
If you've not donated to our @crowdfunderuk campaign yet, please check it out! Every penny counts and means we'll be able to help more people to improve their mental and physical health through gardening. https://t.co/DxCwW9hD9s #crowdfunder #mentalhealth #ecotherapy https://t.co/dOSGThJxSk UrbanGrowthNW1 photo
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 6:54pm
Turns out there were foxglove seeds in our @GrowWildUK mystery seed pack last year, very happy to see the beautiful flowers coming out. #wildflowers #growyourown #growwild #gardening https://t.co/nFgFr8tTpT UrbanGrowthNW1 photo
Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 8:44pm
It was #worldbeeday yesterday, so here are some of the little fellas enjoying our comfrey! We need to take care of our pollinators, so if you can sow some wildflowers in your garden, please do! #bees #flowers #pollination #growyourown https://t.co/p7tTv5trQw UrbanGrowthNW1 photo