Mental Health & Horticulture

We are a Salford mental health contract based at a community garden. Utilising outdoor spaces, fresh air and, the freedom nature brings to help people take control of their mental health and feel better.

Open to all Salford people, get in touch with us if you feel you could benefit.

This is a place where people feel safe and calm. It is a fantastic starting point for people to start socialising again, trying new things and building their resilience.

How does it work?

We are open every For people to drop-in every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am  – 3pm

Our address is – Garden Needs, 1 Radford Street, Salford M7 4NT

What do you do on drop in days?

There’s a variety of different activity for people to get involved in. Some examples of activities include:

  • Gardening, planting, growing, harvesting.
  • Free accredited horticulture courses
  • Free training courses on a variety of topics
  • Conservation in the woodland behind the centre
  • Maintenance of the garden  – small building tasks.
  • Woodland wellbeing activity
  • Outdoor crafts
  • Cooking for the other volunteers (we have a hot lunch together)

How do I get involved?

If you are a Salford resident and would like to get involved in the Mental Health and Horticulture project just get in touch with us.

Email  –

Phone: 0161 710 1075 and ask to speak to Kate or Simone about Garden Needs




Garden Needs is your community garden set in the heart of the Salford community.

Our Vision is to . . . be the pioneer in connecting people with nature and inspire them to lead healthier and happier lives.

To achieve this we run a local sustainable community garden, open for the entire community providing training, volunteering opportunities, a rolling programme of seasonal activities, and opportunities to share skills.

Monday’s – Woodland Wellbeing Sessions

Tuesday’s – Volunteering with Learning Courses

Thursday’s – Volunteering with Survival Skills Course

Garden Needs is a peaceful green space located on the edge of Kersal Dale (Nature Reserve on River Irwell) in Salford. Time, dedication, love and hard work have been invested over the years to create a centre with a true difference in a unique and magical environment.

Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10am to 3pm  we are open to all Salford residents. Volunteers of all abilities and backgrounds are encouraged to come down to the garden  and get involved. Everyone is welcome.

Our emphasis is on using nature and the outdoors to enable people to feel better, grow confidence, socialise and, learn new skills.

Volunteers take part in a variety of activities from general gardening, planting, and garden maintenance through to building structures and designing new areas of the garden.

Volunteers are also welcome to get involved in the cooking, we use as much home grown produce from the garden as possible. All volunteers and staff come together at lunchtime for a fresh home cooked hot meal.

If you would like to volunteer, or you know someone who would benefit from getting involved contact us on out telephone: 0161 710 1075 or email:

Who are Garden Needs?
Garden Needs is part of Social adVentures – a not for profit social enterprise set up to give communities opportunities to live healthier and happier lives.




Anyone is welcome to volunteer at Garden Needs. Our volunteers are what keeps the garden alive, if you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering please get in touch.