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December 2023 - Christmas Fair - Sunday, 10th December from 12 until 4pm at Garden Hospice, Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin SG5 IHX.

This year the event is being held at Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin, from 12 until 4pm, so join us for a family-friendly afternoon full of Christmas spirit.

Our Growing People craft stall is selling beautiful, handmade gifts including cards, gift tags, bird boxes, willow wreaths, wooden boxes and succulents in planters and small pots.

We'd love to see you there, so please come and support us and the Hospice this Christmas. Visit the Garden Hospice or click the picture below for more information.

Garden Hospice Christmas Fair 2023

December 2023 - Herts County Council's annual Tree Giveaway event Saturday 9th December 2023.

Like last year, Growing People is playing an active part in Herts County Council's annual Tree Giveaway event Saturday 9th December, this weekend.  We are one of the project's delivery partners and one of the nominated collection sites which are spread across the county.

We're expecting over 200+ tree whips & hedgerow packs to be delivered to our site on Friday 8th December.

Customers who have preordered their trees online and had their order confirmed by Herts CC, can come and collect their trees from 10am – 4pm, if this was the preferred collection point.

We are pleased to have a few extra pairs of hands to help on the day from our friends at the Tilehouse Street Rotary group.

For more information, please visit the Hertfordshire County Council website.

We look forward to seeing you there.

December 2023 – Christmas Fayre – Sat 2nd December 2023, 12 to 4pm at Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd Unit 27 Jubilee Trade Estate, Letchworth.

Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd are very excited to welcome back Growing People to the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December 2023, 12 until 4pm.

Growing People has beautiful handmade willow wreaths, willow reindeers, eco print cards, gift tags, decorations, bulbs, herbs, plants, boxes and more. Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd are offering a chance to win a £100 hamper, entry donations to Growing People. We look forward to meeting you.

Please see Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd on Facebook for more information.

Fairhaven Christmas Fayre 2023
Handmade willow reindeer and reef copyright Growing People 2023

November 2023 - Help support Growing People by ordering our Handmade Christmas Wreaths

Growing People has continued to support people with long term mental health issues all during the year, providing horticultural therapy, opportunities for gardening and social contact to fight loneliness and isolation.

As always at this time of the year, you can help us to continue our work by buying one of our beautiful Christmas evergreen wreaths, which are specially made by our team of volunteers using freshly foraged local foliage. We have three styles of wreath this year: Two full ones and a new half wreath style.

Growing People Handmade Wreath 2023
Growing People Handmade Half Wreath 2023

Prices

  • Full wreaths based on a metal frame at £15

  • Full wreaths based on a handmade willow circle from our home-grown willow trees, at £25 each

  • Some highly decorative “half wreaths” based on a smaller willow circle. These were trialled by one of our volunteers last Christmas. They are most suitable for a cool indoor room, and we loved them so much we have decided to offer them for order this year. These will be £15 each.

Ordering, Collection and Payment

You can message us through our facebook page, or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place your order.

We ask you to collect your wreath from the Growing People site if possible.

Our 6 sessions will be on Thursday mornings and Monday afternoons. As follows:

Thursday November 30th 9.30-12.30am
Monday December 4th 1.00-4.30pm
Thursday December 7th 9.30-12.30am
Monday December 11th 1.00-4.30pm
Thursday December 14th 9.30-12.30am
Monday December 18th 1.00-4.30pm

Ways to Pay

We accept cash on collection from the Growing People site. We are also delighted to offer card payment via our Localgiving site.

Your Christmas wreath will not only brighten your door, but it will also make a real difference to someone's life, so we thank you for your support.

July 2023 - A Special Thank You to Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd

Thank you to Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd and everyone for their kindness and support, who donated to the stall at their Summer Fayre. Growing People raised over £300! Every donation will go towards providing Therapeutic and Horticulture for people in the Herfordshire area, living with mental health conditions. We cant thank you enough!
Growing People Stall at Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd copyright Growing People 2023

June 2023 – Growing Fair – Sat 24th June 2023, 10am to 3pm at Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd Unit 27 Jubilee Trade Estate, Letchworth

Fairhaven Wholefoods shop in Letchworth will be having a number of growing awareness days and have kindly invited Growing People to participate their plant sale. 

Growing People volunteers will be there on the 24th June between 10am-3am with our herb and craft stall, so come along and say hello and, why not buy some plants & herbs, which helps to raise the vital funds that Growing People needs to continue its invaluable services and opportunities for those in need of support.

Click on the link for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/FairhavenWholefoodsLtd/

April 2023 – Letchworth Organic Gardeners Spring Talk – Sat 15th April 2023, 2pm–5pm at Free Church Hall, Leys Avenue, Letchworth

Spring is here and Growing People volunteers will be running our stall on the 15th April from 2pm-5pm at Free Church Hall, Leys Avenue, Letchworth, which has been organised by Letchworth Organic Gardeners. Chris Collins, Head of Horticulture from Garden Organic will also be giving a talk about crops in pots and gardening in a changing climate.

So please come and support us, for more information download the pdf.

Growing People Stall at the Letchworh Organic Gardeners Spring talk

February 2023 – Growing People at the Valentine's Pop Up Shop at the Sadie Centre

Valentine's Pop Up Shop & Raffle - The Sadie Centre

On Sunday 12th February, 12-3pm in the Barrett Room at The Sadie Centre. Head along to the Centre to browse amongst the vintage clothes, local art works and herbal teas plus sound healing instruments and more.

Visit Growing People horticultural craft stall, where you can purchase environmentally friendly willow bird feeders, willow love hearts and eco print cards.

All hand crafted, perfect presents for your loved ones!

Visit the Sadie Centre for more information. Thank you for your continued support.

Sadie Centre - Valentines Shop 2023

January 2023 - Research Study on Therapeutic Community Gardening

A research study from the University of Essex, shows that therapeutic community gardening can improve and maintain the wellbeing of individuals with mental illness, even when wellbeing is deteriorating nationally.
@copyright Mdpi
IJERPH | The Impact of Therapeutic Community Gardening on the Wellbeing, Loneliness, and Life Satisfaction of Individuals with Mental Illness

Mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”. A mental illness is characterized by a clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotional regulation, or behaviour ...

Read more at www.mdpi.com

January 2023 - Announcement: Handcrafted Willow Bird feeders Available for Purchase!

We have harvested our willow here at Growing People and our gardeners have been busy crafting the freshly cut willow, to make these lovely willow bird feeders like the one in the photo below, just in time for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

They cost £5.00 each and are available from Growing People and Nourish Wholefood Cafe. 

Bird Feeder - @copyright Growing People 2023

January 2023 - Announcement: Handmade Eco Prints Available for Purchase!

Happy New Year!

One of Growing People's talented volunteers has created these beautiful cards, exclusively for Growing People.

They are just £2.50 each, with all proceeds going towards the Charity.

There are three lovely designs to choose from, click on the images for a larger view.

If you would like to buy one (or more) they are available to purchase from the Sadie Centre (formerly Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living) and from the Nourish Cafe, or direct from Growing People on Monday's and Tuesday's when we have our therapy sessions.

Thank you for your continued support.

December 2022 - Happy Christmas and Thank You!

Happy Christmas and thank you to all of the volunteers and everyone who came out to support us at the Garden Hospice Christmas Fair, which took place on Sunday (December 11th 2022). The vital funds raised will help Growing People continue to support those in need and also raise awareness about the Charity's work.

We would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas!
Growing People, Stall at the Garden Hospice Christmas Fair Decemeber 2022

December 2022 - Help support Growing People by ordering our Handmade Christmas Wreaths

Growing People has continued to support people with long term mental health issues all during the year, providing horticultural therapy, opportunities for gardening and Covid-safe contact to fight loneliness and isolation.

As always at this time of the year, you can help us to continue our work by buying one of our beautiful Christmas evergreen wreaths, which are specially made by our team of volunteers using fresh local foliage.

Growing People - Handmade Xmas Wreaths - 2022

This year, in addition to the metal frames we use to form the wreaths, we are excited to have a number of handmade willow circles from our own home-grown willow trees to use as our wreath bases.

Prices

Metal based frames are £15 as it was last year

Willow based frames are £20.

The willow frames tend to be slightly larger so they use more material and take longer to make. They have the advantage that you can re-use the willow circles if you wish, and when you have finished with them they are entirely compostable.

Ordering and Collection

You can message us on face book, or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place your order.

We will be making wreaths between December 1st and 15th. Please see below for the actual session dates. As each one is made to order for you by our kind volunteers we ask you to please contact us as soon as you can to place your order.

We ask you to collect your wreath from the Growing People site if possible.

Payment is cash only please, and due on collection of your wreath.

The session dates are:

Thursday morning December 1st
Monday afternoon December 5th
Thursday morning December 8th
Monday afternoon December12th
Thursday morning December 15th

At £15 or £20 your Christmas wreath will not only brighten your door, but it will also make a difference to someone's life, so we thank you for your support.

Social and therapeutic horticulture for wellbeing and positive mental health

Growing People

The Sadie Centre

Rosehill Hospital

Hitchin Road

Letchworth

SG6 3NA

 

Charity Registration No. 295219

Contact Us:

Tel: 07794 347283
Email: enquiries@growing-people.org.uk

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