Inclusion criteria for teenagers:

In order to become part of the Green Hub, teenagers must…

  • Be aged between 13-18 years.
  • Experience short or long-term mild to moderate anxiety and or depression, stress-related disorders, insomnia, feelings of social isolation or loneliness, and are not benefiting from clinical medicine and drug treatment.
  • Be in good physical health. But if they have a medical condition such as diabetes, or suffer with any serious allergies e.g. bee/wasp stings, or allergies to certain plants, they need to bring their Epi pen, inhalers or medication to the garden and let the garden volunteers know. We are strictly nut free and non-smoking.
  • Not have any history of violence towards others.

All teens will be called Green Hub Volunteers and their reasons for attending the garden will not be known. No-one should feel ‘defined by their illness, circumstances or condition’.

GP and School referrals:

We encourage GPs and Schools to contact the parents/carers of pupils whom they feel may benefit of horticultural garden therapy as offered by the Green Hub and explain the benefits and the referral procedure (see below):

Parent referral procedure:

  1. Sign up via our contact page>>
  2. You will then be contacted by our Chair, Tone Tellefsen Hughes, for an initial conversation about suitability.
  3. If it is mutually agreed that your child would benefit from therapeutic horticulture you will be asked to make an appointment with your GP to request a referral.
  4. The GP will confirm your referral with The Green Hub.
  5. You will be contacted by our Garden Manager to confirm all arrangements and a Green Hub Welcome Pack and Volunteer Agreement will be sent to your child with information about an induction session, start day, times, etc.
  6. The Agreement needs to be signed and dated by at least one parent/guardian/foster parent or carer, and the child, and cc’d to the GP or their School Link Worker.
  7. Agreement forms must be returned prior to, or at the Induction.