A Social Enterprise that specialises in Garden and Landscape Design and Horticultural Therapy

About Us

At Nature’s Curators we are passionate about plants and we are passionate about people. Our mission is to promote the physical and mental benefits of an active or passive engagement with nature. Our vision is to provide people with access to plants and facilitate the incorporation of nature within their daily lives.

 

Our garden design service aims to provide a client led experience from conception to construction and beyond. This holistic design process involves our clients within the creation of a bespoke garden design, which can then be used as an environment for social and therapeutic horticulture.

 

We also run bespoke gardening therapy workshops and programmes (which we refer to as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture) for a wide range of clients with different support needs. Each programme is designed to meet client specific outcomes and goals, which are assessed on a regular basis to ensure success is monitored and recorded.

‘Landscape designers are holistic, working with both poles of human culture, the practical and analytical as well as the artistic and innovative… After all, landscape design is an art form brought to the people.’

(Blake, 1999)

What is Social and Therapeutic Horticulture?

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) utilises the process of working with nature to benefit the physical and mental well being
 of those participating. The reasons behind the effective healing nature of horticulture have been identified as resulting from the similarities between plants and humans as biological organisms.

Both evolve and change, respond to nurture and climate, and live and die. This biological link allows people to make an emotional investment in a plant; however it is a safe, non-threatening investment... The process of raising plants offers endless metaphors for human growth and development.’

- Lewis 1996)

The defining characteristics of a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) landscape are the activities and experiences that occur within it. Our design proposals therefore aim to accommodate for a range of STH activities with an emphasis on inclusion and accessibility to the experiences it has to offer.