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.

We are open – August 2020

We are lucky to have a large outdoor enclosed site with lots of outdoor shelter.

So, as of Monday 3rd August we are happy to be able to open up to volunteers and service users again offering the mental health and horticulture project and the Woodland Wellbeing sessions.

To keep everyone safe, we have put special Covid measures in place which we ask everyone to follow when on site – You can read these here.

When can I come along?

At the moment we are running shorter, more regular sessions to allow for working in small groups.

Sessions are as follows:

Monday 12.30 – 2pm – Woodland Wellbeing

Tuesday 10am – 12pm – Garden Needs Volunteering

Tuesday 2 – 4pm – Mental Health and Horticulture

Thursday 10am – 12pm – Garden Needs Volunteering

Thursday 2-4pm – Mental Health and Horticulture

Booking is essential at the moment as we are trying to limit the number of people on site at any one time.

To book into a session –

Phone – 0161 710 1075 and ask about Garden Needs

Email –


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

What do you do at Garden Needs?

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


How do I get involved?

Contact us to book

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.