Gardening and art sessions for people with memory problems

Gardening and art sessions are on offer from the Five A Day Market Garden.  The garden is situated in the beautiful village of Englefield, West Berkshire.

They are a not-for-profit community-supported project which aims to engage the rural and urban community.  It does this by selling affordable, healthy, naturally-grown produce.  They educate children, adults and older people.  The garden provides an outdoor therapeutic environment, with a focus on art, nature and fruit and vegetable production.  They offer a wonderful volunteering experience to people keen to learn more about gardening.

Five A Day Market Garden runs a variety of workshops, courses and projects.  They run activities for adults, people with learning disabilities, retired people and older people with memory problems and their carers.  The variety of courses range from organic growing to conservation to environmental crafts. For more information on the courses, workshops and events – click here.

Some of the projects and courses are funded by the Berkshire Community Foundation, West Berkshire Council and other organisations.  These courses are usually free of charge to participants.

The abundance of vegetables and flowers from the Garden is really amazing.  Five a Day produce is now sold at Bradfield Southend Village Store.  There is also a produce table in the wooden gazebo at Englefield Garden Centre where you can buy beans, courgettes, potatoes, squash and freshly-cut flowers and fruit.

Five a Day is usually open Wednesday to Friday mornings.

Enjoyable and interactive tours around the garden take place regularly.  The tours teach about the natural approach to gardening, resulting in a productive and attractive environment.  There are of fruit and vegetables, planting for wildlife and growing flowers for cutting.  Other features include two wildlife ponds, a bog garden and the wildlife and conservation areas which attract a range of beneficial insects and more!

There are lots of opportunities for sampling produce.  The cafe has plenty of refreshments and home made cake and the opportunity to buy freshly harvested produce and wildlife friendly plants.


To book Gardening and art sessions or tours email [email protected] or call 07939676050


My grandparents Dorothy & Ivan (Gus) Gardiner established Gardiner’s in 1968. Dorothy & Gus were very inclusive and ran Gardiner’s as a family business – my mother, uncle & aunt have all been involved with managing the business. Read More