We’re so grateful to have our wonderful garden in Tooting to help us ease out of lockdown. Our 2.5 acre site in the grounds of Springfield Hospital has enabled us to reopen face-to-face sessions for our students in a beautiful and safe open space where social distancing can be observed.
Before the pandemic the Share garden was mainly used for our horticulture training programme as well as housing our social enterprise Share Nurseries. But lockdown has prompted new opportunities and we’re so excited to fully realise the potential of the garden at this time and bring many of our other learning sessions outdoors. We’ve been able to transfer much of the teaching that usually happens in Share’s main building to our large garden site which is fully equipped for students' needs, even featuring marquees for protection from the sun and rain.
After such a long time spent at home during lockdown when mental health has suffered and many students have felt isolated and anxious, reconnecting with friends and staff in a tranquil horticultural setting is immensely therapeutic.
Students are really enjoying taking part in arts and independent living sessions and we’re continuing to develop our programmes outdoors. The happy faces and smiles say it all, there’s no better place to be on a sunny day!
Click the gallery of images below to see what students have been up to: