The Blackthorn Trust.
Medical care and rehabilitation through work and community.
Where I ran the Market Garden and the Herb Workshops from 2001 to 2015
Blackthorn Garden is part of the Blackthorn Trust, near Maidstone in Kent, a charity which offers medical care, specialist therapies and rehabilitation through work placements, helping individuals with continuing mental health problems and chronic physical health difficulties.
It is a beautiful and peaceful oasis set within the listed wall of the old Oakwood Hospital, it is open to the public who visit the Plant Nursery, Market Garden and grounds, Craft, Café, Bakery and Woodwork shops.
Anyone can be struck down with illness. For some, however illness becomes a life-long struggle which can result in losing a job, friends and a love of life. Blackthorn Garden is a community where by working together, one can find friends and security. Learn new skills, feel valued and gain confidence to face the world at large.