By Tess Wilmot It was lovely to see Devonport House’s Facebook post (below) regarding the Horticultural Therapy Trust (HTT) getting a new structure to replace their old portacabin at Penlee Allotments. It was heart-warming to hear how much Devonport House residents have benefited from being at the HTT over many years. This hidden community growing space is possibly the most productive in Plymouth with impressive quantities of fruit and vegetables growing in a compact space. In addition to this, the HTT site it is a wonderfully sociable space, creating lots of opportunities for conversations to take place and friendships to blossom. I am looking forward to seeing their new building as I am sure it will be a fantastic addition to the space.
Devonport House – Facebook Post
Deb and Dennis, the wonderful people who founded the Horticultural Therapy Trust.org, work hands-on to share their horticultural knowledge and support the well being of the charity’s clients. Less well-known is the hard work that they put in to keep the charity going and provide a functional and safe infrastructure and environment for all.
The site’s Portakabin was emptied prior to it’s demolition this week. This ‘workhorse’ has lasted 5 times its planned lifetime and amply repaid it’s cost. But the years and weather have taken their toll and it will soon be replaced by a new structure. Devonport House is a homeless unit in Plymouth which works closely with other projects in Plymouth to give the best chance to all its users so that they can move on, residents have drunk many a cup of tea in there, changed their boots, watched videos of foxes, nibbled biscuits, checked reference books, and sat there in companionable conversation. It has served us proud
We are just one sector of the charity’s clientele, horticultural-therapy-trust is a service provider, and has various projects supporting Adults towards wellbeing, including; mental health, social, emotional, physical and spiritual (meaning and purpose) to see all the activities and the range of participants that the charity supports visit their website. Thank you HTT!