Mental Health Support Gardening

Our volunteer garden is at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford.  For the full address and a map see our Contact page.

We work outdoors, on wildlife gardening, crafts and conservation, in natural surroundings with a supportive group of people.

You can learn traditional crafts such as willow weaving and bee keeping.

There's plenty of individual jobs and when you feel like company there's team work too.

Take a break from your troubles - get distracted by the garden for a day.

Muddy Fork garden at Idle Valley
Muddy Fork garden at Idle Valley

Volunteer Activities

Gardening.  We grow fresh food for the visitor centre café as well as for local companies Go-V! and The Saucy Pizza Co. We also grow wild flowers, reeds and trees for conservation and to help regenerate ancient woodlands.  There's a mix of light work (potting seedlings, weeding) and heavy work for the energetic (digging beds, clearing ditches).  Our polytunnels are good to work in when the weather is wild.

Willow.  Harvesting willow stems and weaving baskets, planters, fence panels, bird feeders and wren pockets for sale.

Bees.  You can get involved in looking after the bees and preparing the honey for sale.

In the woods.  We sometimes help with woodland conservation and making charcoal.

Wildlife.  We share our garden with a host of wild life.  There's plenty of time to stop and admire a dragonfly or enjoy the bird song.

Elsewhere.  We sometimes help other local organisations with nature-based activities, such as clearing paths and planting bulbs, shrubs, hedges and trees.

It's free to take part.  If this could help you, please ...