Testimonials

From a Nurture Project Volunteer

“For me, volunteering in lockdown became more of a two-way experience than ever. I looked forward to and got so much from the weekly chats to the clients. Personally it was a really welcome break from the mundane routine of being at home and not seeing anyone.”

August 2020

From a Nurture Project Client

“For me it was a lifeline knowing I could talk and be heard once a week. The gardening boxes and newsletters were much appreciated and looked forward to. As everything else just stopped in lockdown the continuity of The Nurture Project kept me and my garden going and growing. Thank you heart felt.”

August 2020

Spring Flowers in Orchard

Spring Flowers in Orchard

From a Nurture Project Client

“The Nurture Project was a lifesaver for me during lockdown; the phone calls, delivery of plants, seeds and produce all helped me so much to remain focused, feel part of something and feel cared about in what were often very dark times for me.”

July 2020

From a Nurture Project Volunteer

" My experience as a volunteer is that the telephone support we have given our clients has really sustained them through the lockdown, a period when they have felt particularly vulnerable and anxious. They have also appreciated the varied content of the regular newsletters, which has encouraged them both to continue to garden from their own homes as well as read or listen to relevant titles.

The monthly gardening packs that Carlyn put together gave our clients something special to look forward to and enjoy. One lady said that receiving her pack was like Christmas come early!"

July 2020

From a Nurture Project Client

“It is thanks to my sessions with Carlyn at The Nurture Project that I am currently volunteering with a charity. My role involves researching and writing grant applications and I feel privileged to be making a small contribution towards helping local people who find themselves faced with financial hardship. This work is completely new to me and it is personally challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.

A year ago I could not have envisaged being able to take steps to making this positive change in my life. I am very grateful to Carlyn and her dedicated team at The Nurture Project for giving me the renewed motivation and confidence to do so.”

June 2020

 

From a Nurture Project Client

"Recently I was fortunate in attending sessions at The Nurture Project, from early Spring to early Autumn, where I found much comfort. Carlyn described our relationship as working alongside each other and her considered planning of the gentle-paced tasks which we carried out together ranged from seed sowing to constructing and erecting supports for plants, in advance of their growing and blooming.

My time at The Nurture Project reinforced how the creation and sustaining of gardens and of life requires knowledge, the application of skills and creativity. Being outside doing those activities which I love, in a safe and peaceful environment, provided a space in which I could be open with Carlyn about how I live with and try to manage the symptoms of a life-long, depressive illness. Carlyn brought her generosity and highly attentive, non-intrusive professionalism to every conversation. In addition to our many and varied discussions, I was lent books, we exchanged gardening experiences and tips and I always left with freshly-picked produce.

The Nurture Project is a place of contrasts, where its woodland, wildflowers, vegetable patches and borders containing spectacular specimens such as peonies and dahlias are given respectful care and value, as are animals and the human beings who participate in gardening there. I found my sessions rewarding, uplifting and enriching.

October 2019

From a Nurture Project Client

"I discovered The Nurture Project at a time when life was very difficult and hard to cope with.

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.

Learning to grow and care for plants was a boon, relaxing, rewarding and therapeutic."

December 2018


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From a Nurture Project Client

"My name is Pam and I have been suffering from mental depression for a while. My doctor did not want to increase my medication and knowing I loved doing my garden, he recommended that I gave The Nurture Project a try. At the time I thought how could this help me? After giving it some thought I decided to give it a try. My first session with Carlyn Kilpatrick, who runs the project was something I had not expected, such a lovely person, and made me feel at ease straightaway. After a chat I was shown around the many different gardens, something for everyone, which I found enjoyable and relaxing.

Carlyn is such a easy person to talk to, not only about gardening, but many other issues you might have. On one of my sessions Carlyn took me for a walk through the woods, chatting as we walked, it was so good to talk to some someone about the issues I was having and knowing that they were being understood. I have had many sessions and look forward to going. I come home feeling much more relaxed and at the same time I am learning more about my own garden. This is such a relaxing hobby to have.

The Nurture Project has helped me in many ways, coping with my depression, and at the same time, learning about my garden. I would recommend it to anyone who are having some kind of problems as I have had; it is just a relaxing place to be and to have such a caring and understanding person as Carlyn Kilpatrick."

August 2018

Woodland walk in autumn
Woodland walk in autumn

From a Client and a Family Member

“For a short space of time you do not have to pretend you are not well to protect the sensibilities of others, or to protect yourself from judgement dismissal or abuse.  You can just be, and you can just garden” - a client

“It feels such a privilege that my brother can access The Nurture Project in an environment he feels relaxed in, and where he can grow and learn at his own pace” - Lucy

These are the reassuring words of support from people who have been close to The Nurture Project during 2017 and 2018.


Agapanthus flower in The Nurture Project garden
Agapanthus in the client garden at the Nurture Project