What we do


Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

This is known as social and therapeutic horticulture - the process of working with plants to improve physical and psychological health, and communication and thinking skills. 

It also uses the garden as a safe and secure environment in which to develop an individual’s ability to socialise, make friends, and gain practical skills that make them more independent and self-reliant.  

Using gardening tasks and the environment Thrive horticultural therapists build a set of activities for each gardener aimed at improving their health and wellbeing and achieving particular goals identified by the gardener themselves or by their family, support workers or carers.

Gardens offer the peace and tranquility needed for rehabilitation and recovery.  And, being given the opportunity to develop an interest in gardening will give benefits that can last a life time.



To find out more about Thrive, watch our short video or download a pdf of our leaflet.



In April 2015 singer and gardener Kim Wilde made a film about Thrive for the BBC. Watch it here.



Alternatively, we can send you a printed copy. Call us on 0118 988 5688, send us an email or write to: Thrive, The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 2AT.