Royal Horticultural Society group rates LPT community nursery ‘outstanding’ @LPTnhs

A Leicester community nursery run by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust to support people with their mental health has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Royal Horticultural Society through its East Midlands in Bloom group.

Linnaeus Nursery, on Cordelia Close provides therapeutic and work opportunities for people with mental health needs or learning disabilities

It was awarded a Level 5 (outstanding) ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ award in the regional contest and praised by the judge for its community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.

The assessor commented: “Linnaeus is a shining example of what can be achieved in all three areas” and added that its work supported numerous studies that show how gardening can help people with their mental wellbeing.

Linnaeus occupational therapist Kerry Dudgeon (pictured below) said: “The nursery offers a supported work environment where people can sow, maintain and care for plants and help with the upkeep of the site.”

“They get involved in creating hanging baskets and tubs, tend vegetable, herb and perennial beds and other horticultural projects on different sites.”

“This supports them in learning and practicing work skills, building self- belief and confidence and in working as a team and interacting with the general public.”

Linnaeus Nursery runs on a semi-commercial basis and the general public can buy plants at competitive prices. Opening hours are Monday and Friday 9am to noon, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-3pm.

It also provides a one-day course ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ for Leicestershire Recovery College which provides free courses for mental health service users, their family and members of LPT staff.

Linnaeus Nursery has its own Facebook page, with details of opening hours, seasonal offers and activities. Visit or follow them on Twitter @Linnaeusnursery

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