Our Work

Our Work

Not a query, just a note of gratitude. I haven’t been able to get to the last few meetings but there was a time when they were a real life-saver for me.

Just being in a roomful of fellow gardeners with all that warmth and cheerfulness, all those shared experiences and learning from each other – such an important boost in every way.  I just wanted to thank all you at Trellis for making that happen: I can’t tell you what a big deal you’ve been to me.”

Therapeutic Gardening Practitioner John, writing at the time of his retirement from
mental health project, Lothlorien


Garden projects are often isolated and running on meagre resources. The potential and impacts of their work often go unrecognised. That's why our support services are needed. We enable people to develop high quality therapeutic services that benefit thousands of people every week. Find out more here about our Training Events, Information Services, Network & Good Practice Sharing Days, Research Dissemination, Annual Conference and Awareness Raising work.

As with all effective health interventions, therapeutic gardening is an evidence-based practice. We make improvements to our work guided by the latest published, peer-reviewed research and try to share new evidence widely with practitioners so that they can make sure they're up to date.


In the past 12 months, this is the difference our work has made:

Good Practice Sharing

• We hosted 9 networking events enabling 255 people to share knowledge, skills and good practice
• Taster sessions to 166 people encouraged care home, hospital staff and carers to start or resume gardening

Information Service

• Over 200 queries were answered
• Our e-bulletin reaches over 2,000 people with information on research evidence, funding, training and job opportunities
• Our social media channels continued to grow with 816 liking our facebook page and nearly 9,000 people following our twitter feed
• We added 57 new gardens to our network Directory, a total of over 420 in Scotland
• An information-packed website provides free resources for all
• 7 new factsheets gave simple activity ideas for struggling practitioners

On-Site Support

• Our Project Advisor and Fieldworkers provided on-site, in-depth support to 40 projects in Scotland
• Clear guidance. ‘next steps’ and sometimes sketch designs help practitioners reach their goals
• This work ensures over 2000 additional people are supported to take part in gardening

Annual Conference

• Our 12th Annual Conference attracted 150 delegates
• 3 show-case presentations, 9 different workshop topics and an informative marketplace provided inspiration, ideas and networking opportunities


• Our training & workshops brought new ideas, skills, fun, confidence and learning to 641 people
• Our events programme reached 1,400 people in Scotland

Lobbying & Promotion

• We attended over 20 external events, representing and promoting Therapeutic Gardening projects
• We wrote articles and gave interviews to raise the awareness and importance of Therapeutic Gardening
• As members of the Horticulture Trades Association, we helped create a Horticulture Framework for the Future to present to Scottish Government



“I truly believe the garden provides something on every level.  It is absolutely crucial in allowing children to just be.  A safe place that enables young people to explore their world and have positive experiences”

Dr Quinn, Clinical Psychologist, Balnacraig School.

“We would not be where we are today without the support of Trellis”

Jo West, Headteacher at Balnacraig School.



Download the full summary of our work here (Trellis Report April 2017-March 2018).