Growing Together Devon is a small not for profit organisation that uses gardening to make people’s lives better.
Our clients are older people, their families and in some cases their carers. Since 2011 we have seen at first hand how gardening improves the physical and psychological well being of older people in East Devon.
Who we are
Pete spent his early working life in the Royal Navy. He married Tracey in 1982 and after attending night-school he qualified for University. Three children, a teaching career and a Masters degree from the OU followed. Early retirement led to a career change in 2010. Pete set up a social enterprise, Growing Together Devon, in 2012. He trained in Social & Therapeutic Horticulture at Coventry University in 2014.
Tracey left teaching in 2016 after 30 years in the working in the profession. “I joined Growing Together Devon as a volunteer in 2017. My focus is to support elderly people to manage their own gardens and outdoor spaces.” This motivation came from the fact that Tracey was unable to help her own mum with her garden as much as she wanted to. “She lived in Somerset and I was teaching full time. She loved watching her plants grow, and to see the birds come to the feeders. She just needed a little help to keep these things going.” Tracey recently completed the training course ‘Gardening with Older People’ at the Budleigh Salterton Well-Being Hub.
About the Company
Growing Together Devon is the trading name of Growing Together (Community Gardening) CIC, Company Number 8263483, established 2012.
We are a social enterprise: a registered ‘not for profit’ Community Interest Company. That means firstly that any profit we make is reinvested in order to pursue our social purpose and that we have an ‘asset lock’. We are an entirely open organisation comprising a core of Directors and Tutors and with a wide range of project partners.
It also means that the company has a Social Purpose. We use Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) to support the well being of older people and the wider community. We do this by setting up supported gardening programs which provide exercise, companionship and access to the outdoors.
Growing Together Devon works closely with Thrive, a UK charity which uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people.