The only core project based at the De Frene market garden site. The project runs weekly social, therapeutic and vocational horticultural sessions, along with offering the chance to achieve Open College Network accreditation.

Growing Lives enables co-workers suffering from mental distress to:

  • Improve their mental, physical health, and general wellbeing,
  • Learn new horticultural and transferable skills, to gain qualifications, and to improve their employability, self-confidence, and self-esteem,
  • Learn food growing and experience healthy eating and improved diet, and
  • Increase their social inclusion in the communities they live in.

Growing Lives also manages the De Frene site in an environmentally friendly way which enhances wildlife and biodiversity, as well as improving the general amenity of the neighbourhood.

Growing Lives is led by the Project Coordinator and supported by the Project Assistant and Support Volunteers.

Find out more about making a referral.


We are grateful recipients of an Alastrean award from The MacRobert Trust, providing generous support to our Growing Lives project.