The Garden and Building
Flower Pod sits on 1.5 acres of landscaped gardens located just outside the cathedral town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire.
The site was first leased to Reach Learning Disability from Nottingham Trent University in 2012. Starting out as a bare plot, it is now a beautiful patchwork of gardens, rockeries, ponds and flourishing greenhouses that welcomes over 40 clients a week for a range of horticultural and social activities.
But how did we get here? Well it took a huge amount of support from the local community, grants and donations and the hard work of an amazing team of staff and volunteers. Together they have created a unique landscape perfect for working with people with learning disabilities and producing commercial quality flowers.
Setting up was a challenge and it still takes a lot of work to keep the site blooming; expert staff, 50 volunteers and our clients put in all the effort required to grow 120 varieties of seasonal plants and flowers each year.
After 7 years of growth, Flower Pod now features:
- a terraced growing area
- 3 ponds which provide a sustainable source of water
- 2 poly tunnels
- a chilled bunker for storing and preparing cut flowers for sale
- a low-impact straw bale workshop for all-weather activities
Throughout the site we strive to minimise our carbon footprint, using natural and locally-sourced materials and recycle wherever possible.
We have many plans for further development of the Flower Pod site, but these require funding and implementation support. Can you help? If so please get in touch today or explore all the ways you can get involved.