Help Us Grow: a gardening programme for people in recovery 

We are running a 9-week programme at Chelsea Physic Garden for people in recovery. The programme teaches the basis of gardening, botany and ethnobotany, as well as how to use plants for medicine, as inspiration for art and in cooking. 

The course runs for 9 consecutive weeks on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm. 

This course has temporarily been suspended due to current government guidelines but we hope restart in October.

If you have any questions please call or email our education team on 0207 349 6453 or [email protected]

Elkstone Road Garden Oasis: an urban community garden in North Kensington

The Elkstone Road garden, at the foot of Trellick Tower, is an unloved ‘garden’, which has been misused over the years with lots of anti-social behaviour. In collaboration with RBKC community gardening team, this pilot project aims:

  • to provide a beautiful space, which people who live locally can enjoy
  • to grow and teach about food
  • to develop natural wildlife
  • to teach about how to use plants to heal ourselves
  • to develop positive health and well-being

This garden is for the community. Supported by our expertise here at Chelsea Physic Garden, we would love local people to share their knowledge and get involved. 

If you would like to get involved, run a workshop at the garden or volunteer your time to this project, please contact [email protected]

Introduction to Herbal Medicine at St Mungos

We hold regular herbal medicine workshops at recovery colleges across West London, in support of St Mungos homeless charity. Those who attend, often residents of the recovery centres, feel empowered and inspired to learn how to heal themselves naturally with plants. 

For more information about the charity, see:

If you would like to volunteer your time in support of any of these projects, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

If you would like visit the garden with your community group or develop a community projects alongside our Learning and Engagement Officer, please complete the form here.

“This year we have been lucky enough to have received £86,300 over three years from the
City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.”