We are a small local mental health charity working with military veterans and ex-uniformed services personnel who are experiencing problems. Based on a dedicated site in Dudhope Park, we provide supervised and tailored horticultural therapy sessions with the aim of improving our veterans’ resilience and helping them to develop and maintain positive coping strategies.
Veterans will normally come to us for up to two days a week, and spend time working in the garden alongside other veterans, volunteers and staff. We have indoor and covered areas for bad weather days and are open throughout the year.
The garden grows mostly fruit and veg, and our veterans are involved in every aspect, from sowing seeds to harvesting the produce. We also encourage members of our community to eat what we grow.
Who we are
David is a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) who qualified in 1995. He worked in the NHS for 5 years post registration before joining the Royal Air Force in January 2000 serving up until 2010. He held clinical posts in Norfolk UK as a Primary Mental Health Practitioner and then latterly with Abertay University Dundee as the Mental Health Advisor.
He joins the garden with many years experience as a Mental Health Nurse and as a veteran himself is looking forward to the next chapter of his career in the Therapy Garden.
Carol is a horticulturist, she undertook her formal horticultural training at Elmwood, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and The National Trust for Scotland. Formerly a registered general nurse, she is married to an RN veteran, spent many years on married accompanied tours in Europe with her husband and family, she also has a son who is currently serving in the armed forces. She is very passionate about gardening, loves to share her knowledge, it's infectious, so even if you know nothing about gardening you'll be hooked. Carol also loves to grow things she can cook and eat.