The Trust's Patron

Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO
Former Chief of Defence Staff

High Ground - Horticultural Therapy

Donation of £4,600 to support two full weeks of horticultural therapy for the sole benefit of wounded, injured or sick at Headley Court following occupational therapist's prescription:  June 2017

High Ground was established to provide jobs, careers and vocational opportunities for Service Leavers in the horticultural sector.  It also provides horticultural therapy for veterans adversely affected by war.

Horticultural therapy is now being used by the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) as one of a range of rehabilitation options of an individual rehabilitation programme for injured soldiers, sailors and airmen following the successful delivery of a 3 year pilot at Headley Court supported by the Soldiers’ Charity.

In a recent letter to Anna Baker Cresswell who brought Horticultural Therapy to the military in the UK the Surgeon General, the defence authority for Healthcare in the Defence Medical Services Department said:

“ HighGround offers Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) patients a unique opportunity in providing a space beyond formal therapy to engage in a physical activity in an outside environment. Horticultural Therapy is integrated into the patient’s individual rehabilitation programmes allowing them to participate in different aspects of horticulture, dependent on their physical limitations and particular gardening interest. Its benefits are well known, with evidence that it can improve both physical and psychological wellbeing. Moreover, patients are able to see the benefit of their hard work, resulting in them being more engaged and motivated in their rehabilitation. Horticultural Therapy is now recognised as a valuable component of the holistic care package that the DMRC delivers to its patients.”

Charl planting shallots

Charl planting shallots

Patient in wheelchair

Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions

Grafting apple trees

Grafting apple trees

26april Trooper

Trooper with hen

We would love to hear from you if you know of any soldier (whether current or past), family member or any project that might benefit from our help.