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Shaw Trust - The Growing Place

Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally.

Our specialist services help people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. As a charity we add value to every service we deliver by investing back into the people and communities we support.

Shaw Trust is one of the largest 25 charities in the UK. Comprising Shaw Trust, Prospects, Ixion and Shaw Education Trust, we use our 75 years’ combined experience to support people to develop their potential. By joining together we are working to reach one goal: to help transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year.

The Growing Place model centres on plants and people - growing both and delivering benefits for individuals, and local communities.

The model is founded on the principle of providing engaging, meaningful and ambitious programmes to deliver progression and transformation to individuals through a journey which develops their skills and wellbeing.


Activities include:

Grounds Maintenance:-

Turf Care

Weeding & Composting

Mowing, Strimming, & Raking

Soft Landscaping

Maintaining Decked areas (Jet wash)

Painting and preservation


Poly Tunnel Maintenance

Maintaining / Caring for plants

Identifying disease and pest control

Applying fertilisers

Healing Plants

Hand /Power Tool identification

Wood Work:-

Build, Assemble, Repair Raised Beds

Assemble/Repair Fence

Assemble/Repair Compost bins

Building and Repairing Planters

Building bird boxes/bug hotels



Who to contact

Contact Name
Denise Daniel
Contact Position


Our bespoke programmes are structured and focus on people with physical, sensory, learning disabilities, autism and mental ill health.

Improve their physical and mental wellbeing

  • Being more active
  • Taking notice of the environment
  • Connecting with others
  • Learning new skills
  • Giving back

Become more independent

  • Our staff are trained Job Coaches, using techniques such as TSI (Training in Systematic Instruction, proven to increase learning outcomes)
  • Coaching and mentoring in a variety of skills
  • Assessing and recognising improvement and progression
  • Owning tasks and activities

Develop stronger social network and connectedness

  • Being part of a team

Enhance their employment prospects

  • Improved skills, knowledge, and attitude

Where to go

Tree Centre
Scadbury Park Nature Reserve

The Growing Place is located on a small area of Scadbury Park, which contains:

  • Two indoor training facilities and Poly Tunnels (for growing plants)
  • Small lawn area
  • Outdoor classroom & Decked area
  • Staff facilities including Kitchenette, Healthy Tuck Shop (Not inclusive of the day fee), Lockers & Accessible restrooms
  • Immediate access to 300 acre nature reserve

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£45.00 per day
We provide all attendees with suitable personal protective equipment and tools All attendees are invoiced 4 weekly


Referral required
Referral Details

Please contact for a referral form

We have spaces available on site and can support up to 15 people per day

Individuals with 1:1 support are also welcomed