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Hampshire Gardening Initiative (HGI)

Hampshire Gardening Initiative is a network of gardening projects, organisations and individuals throughout Hampshire. They offer gardening services, projects and have an interest in related gardening issues that benefit older people.

Why was is started?

In the first Older People's Well- Being strategy gardening came 2nd in the list of priorities, due ot the work of HGI and its partners in the refreshed strategy April 2011 - March 2014 gardening now comes 8th as a priority for older people

What does it do?

  • Identifies ways for older people to maintain their own gardens.

  • Finds imaginative ways to help older people whose gardens have become difficult for them to manage from a range of services.

  • Encourage older people in residential or sheltered housing to continue to actively participate in gardening.

How can it help me?

Picture of overgrown garden

If your garden looks like this and you get depressed about it, then see what Hampshire Gardening Initiatives can do for you..

Service provider


Age Concern Hampshire

Freephone: 0800 328 7154

Maintains a list of gardening schemes and contacts.

Beneficial Foundation Gardening Services

Tel. 023 92733822

Operates in some areas.

Blooming Marvellous Gardening

Tel. Joan Giles or Hazel Chant on 01252 540162

This supported Volunteering Gardening Group provides gardening help to people who live in Rushmoor.

See the flyer for more information

Buy With Confidence – (Hampshire County Council – Trading Standards)

Tel. 01962 833620

Has lists of reliable gardeners.

Shaw Trust Garden Support Service

Tel. 0845 604 4643 for areas covered by the scheme.
Leaflet Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 522kb

Over 60 and need help with managing your garden.

Rushmoor Healthy Living


Minding the Garden

Tel. 01252 815652


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Useful publications and information on garden sharing

Hampshire Intergenerational Garden project 2012

Garden Share Project Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 372kb - Frequently asked questions

Can you Dig It? Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 2mb - adapted hand tools for gardening

Buy with confidence - list of gardening contacts

Get Active Get Gardening Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 2mb

OPAL Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 958kb - Older People's Area Link