What we do For adults Work and employment Green Canteen About the service The Green Canteen Community Garden Centre is an eco-therapy project based in Watford. This is a social enterprise set up to provide support and volunteering opportunities to individuals who are experiencing mental ill health. The Green Canteen is an ‘eco-therapy’ project that uses structured outdoor gardening and creative activities to engage those who might not otherwise access support. Activities include: Growing plants and vegetables Harvesting General garden maintenance Creating hanging baskets and plant displays Designing and producing crafts and upcycling. Individuals attending the Green Canteen have the opportunity to work as part of a team, learn display, retail and customer service skills as well as taking part in events at workshops. The centre grows organic vegetables, flowers and plants all year round for the local community to come and buy promoting the ethos of growing and buying local food. It provides a welcoming community hub in an outdoor space where people in the local community can shop for plants, gifts or just pop in to browse. The project enables the community of all ages, genders and backgrounds to work together at their own pace to build confidence, new skills and social connections in order to reduce loneliness and isolation. The support delivered is therapeutic, which serves to reduce stress and depression – thus improving health and wellbeing of the individual. For many it has served as a stepping-stone providing them with the confidence to move back into employment. What we sell The Green Canteen is a place where you can come and buy seasonal vegetables, salads and herbs all grown by our fantastic Green Canteen volunteers. Vegetables are freshly picked while you wait, all at supermarket prices. We also sell vegetable plants for those of you who grow your own. Our garden centre has a great range of plants, bedding, flowers, bulbs and shrubs all year round. Visit our shop to see what unique hand crafted, reclaimed and recycled products we have available. We also sell a range of gifts, cards, books, gardening items and lots more all at bargain prices! In the warmer months arrange to meet your friends somewhere different and enjoy our pretty surroundings. We offer refreshments in our outdoor seating area. How can we help? Gardening is proven to be very therapeutic and being outside with nature can improve your mental health and wellbeing. It is great for people wanting to escape the stresses of daily life! For others, gardening could lead to learning new skills, a change of career or getting back into employment. We are always on the look out for new volunteers and gardeners to join our fantastic team here. We offer you the opportunity to meet people in a friendly and safe outside environment. You can help with growing, planting, crafts, woodwork, planning and helping out at events such as fairs, and serving customers. You do not need experience to volunteer here just the love of the outdoors. We offer hours to suit you! How to contact us? Come and visit our award winning Community Garden Centre. We are open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm You can find us between 24-26 Garsmouth Way, Meriden, Watford, WD25 9DR For further information please contact us on on 02037 273605 Alternatively, click on the link below to find out more about how to access our services and to download our referral form.