Basingstoke Mencap

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Greenfingers Project



Greenfingers Allotment

Greenfingers is a horticultural training and therapy project situated on a large allotment site in the centre of Basingstoke. We provide a safe and peaceful working environment for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Our service users can learn new skills and build on existing ones in many aspects of horticulture and woodwork.


For those who would like a qualification we offer an in-house training programme covering many areas of basic horticultural practice. Participation in the project helps service users grow by making new friends whilst building character and self-confidence.



Who we help

At Greenfingers we work with a range of people who have various disabilities. These are primarily learning disabilities and can include mental health issues, loneliness, lack of confidence, and those with physical disabilities. Our tranquil garden setting provides them with the ideal environment for an enriching therapeutic visit.


Our Volunteers

Apart from our staff members we rely heavily on the goodwill of volunteers. They come from a wide cross-section of the community. 1:1 Support Volunteers work with service users on site and help them undertake their activities in an engaging and friendly way. Horticultural Volunteers undertake gardening activities and also work alongside service users on communal tasks. All bring with them a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience. If you wish to volunteer please contact us for our current vacancies.



As well as our horticultural activities we have a fully fitted woodwork workshop on site, In the workshop we produce ‘Woodwork for Wildlife’, a large range of items to provide homes in the garden for wildlife, such as bat boxes, bug boxes, bee boxes, butterfly towers, lacewing hotels, ladybird rockets, hedgehog houses, planters for flowers and bird nesting boxes and feeders.



At Greenfingers we grow a wide variety of plants from seed and cuttings, including perennials, shrubs, summer bedding and herbs. We grow copious amounts of fruit and vegetable plants and a large selection of fresh produce, all available for sale on site and at our advertised Open Days. Our woodwork products are also for sale at these times. All woodwork items can be ordered, with a good choice of vibrant colour options available, and commissions are undertaken.


Service User Session times

Greenfingers currently opens 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (including an hour for lunch).

Half-days are also available.

Attendees are funded privately or by HCC. Please contact us for our current pricing structure and further details.


Visitors are always welcome