Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any costs?
Grow for Life sessions are free of charge.
Where do sessions take place?
Grow for Life sessions take place in designated garden sites in or around Bath.
Many of our gardening sessions now take place at Grow for Life's new HQ: our very own Walled Garden in Newton St Loe which you can read more about here.
In addition Grow for Life run regular greenhouse horticultural sessions in central Bath at Royal Victoria Parks Nurseries in partnership with Grow Yourself, a local social enterprise, and Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Parks Department.
Grow for Life also run sessions in private gardens, supporting individuals who welcome or require help in maintaining their garden. Many of these are elderly or ill residents who are unable to care for their garden independently.
Trainees often reflect that they find it rewarding to help another person in need by being part of a team helping to restore their garden. Caleb*, a current trainee, shared: “It feels good to be helping someone. I’ve learnt a lot and want to do more gardening work.”
Grow for Life also has a small number of gardening sites in the grounds of local care homes where teams work to maintain areas of the garden.
All session venues are assessed for suitability and are risk-assessed.
How many sessions do trainees typically attend?
New joiners are given the option to attend a trial session to see what it is like. If they wish to continue trainees are asked to commit to attending weekly gardening sessions for a three-month period.
Grow for Life provides a rolling programme of gardening sessions and so is usually able to accommodate those who wish to continue gardening over a longer period.
Many trainees choose to stay on for a longer period, up to a maximum of two years.
Are trainees expected to travel independently to sessions?
Trainees are encouraged to travel to sessions independently where possible. When necessary we provide transport to gardens from central pick up points. However trainees are expected to travel independently to sessions at the Royal Victoria Parks Nurseries.
Are toilets available during gardening session?
All sites have access to toilets.
Who leads Grow for Life gardening sessions?
Gardening sessions are led by Grow for Life staff and volunteers. Visit our "Meet the Team" page for more information.
Do trainees get to take home any of the produce they grow?
Trainees are sometimes given produce to take home, such as vegetables, fruit or cut flowers. However this is at the discretion of the garden host or session leader depending on the session venue.