Before The Nurture Project, Pippa had always had an interest in nature and wildlife and loved growing things despite living in London for a number of years. Pippa has lived with depression for a long time, and recognises that being outside in nature is therapeutic for her. She also has to overcome on a daily basis a learning disability and says, "I discovered The Nurture Project at a time when life was very difficult and hard to cope with.”
Pippa first came to The Nurture Project in May 2018 soon after moving to Norfolk, hoping to improve her self confidence, interact with people and learn new skills. She adds, “The Project provided a safe space, in peaceful natural surroundings, where I didn’t need to pretend everything was alright when it really wasn’t."
During her time at the Project, Pippa has helped with our vegetable and cut flower gardens, maintained the orchard, developed our quiet garden as well as tending to the pigs and chickens….and is adored by the resident dogs. Pippa says, “Learning to grow and care for plants has been a boon, as well as a relaxing, and a rewarding therapeutic experience."
She has also enjoyed immersing herself in nature on the woodland walk, from pointing out different species of birds to foraging Autumn blackberries to just walking and talking. The Nurture Project staff and volunteers have worked alongside Pippa at some of our events, and she hopes to continue to do so, employment notwithstanding. Her ability to work in a team, and to engage with the public has been really valued.
The Nurture Project has also been able to signpost Pippa to voluntary work in the local community. She is currently looking for employment.
The Nurture Project is a Social Enterprise that delivers horticultural therapy to adults living with mental ill health promoting their health and well being.