The Yarl’s Wood Social and Therapeutic Gardening Scheme

Sadly this scheme is no longer going ahead. Please see Latest News for further details.

A personal story – and the start of Thyme 2 Grow

Having been a Yarl’s Wood Befriender for the past 3 years, I want to do more to improve conditions for the women in detention.

Being a gardener myself, I started asking detainees about the gardens and discovered that they were reasonably extensive but not very interesting.

I then approached the senior manager at the center and gained their permission to set up a Social and Theraputic Gardening Scheme  which would result in a number of benefits:

  • A healthy distraction from daily worries and concerns. Women can share a few hours of sowing, planting weeding and digging; they can feel the sun, wind and rain, and connect with nature and wildlife.
  • The development of interests and skills to promote the emotional, physical and economic well being of the women, whatever their futures hold.
  • An improved outdoor environment for all detainees to visit and enjoy.

Please follow the links below to find out more:

Facts about Yarl’s Wood and immigration detention
Yarl’s Wood Gardening Scheme – outline proposal
Gardening Scheme Survey – March 2016