Peony & Moss Charity Candle, supporting community gardens
Jo Malone London support people living with mental ill health through the cultivation and care of therapeutic scented gardens. Working with dedicated charity partners, we support the creation of peaceful, safe havens for rehabilitation. This year, our Peony & Moss Charity Candle will help to fund a new project in London with St Mungo’s as well as helping to maintain and further develop our existing charity gardens.*
Each garden is cared for by trainee gardeners who live with the daily challenges and isolation of mental ill health. The gardens are designed to nourish and nurture and deliver both a sense of community and transferable practical skills. There is the opportunity to gain new qualifications in horticulture, paving the path to long-term employment.
Each garden is created to be therapeutic in the short term and life-changing in the long term; a place for trainees to reconnect with themselves as well as family, friends and the wider community.
NEWS FROM OUR GARDENS
The Old English Garden, London
Our first project, the Old English Garden, opened in 2012 in London’s Battersea Park. Here we partner with UK charity Thrive who use gardening to change the lives of those living with physical disability and mental ill health. The team who created it and continue to care for the garden live with these challenges every day. Recently they have continued the careful restoration of the wisteria and planted a host of new bulbs from alliums to crocuses and white anemones.
Redhall Walled Garden, Edinburgh
In Edinburgh we support the SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) Redhall Walled Garden. At Redhall, SAMH offers training in horticulture, conservation and life skills to people living with mental ill health. Since the restoration of the herb garden and roundhouse last year, our partnership has continued to flourish. Trainees have created a terrace garden around the summerhouse, new seating areas and a regeneration of the greenhouse area.
“Struggling to get up is now a thing of the past. The peaceful environment in the garden is very therapeutic and gives me the opportunity to take a moment and reflect on the past two years. I realise it is really good to be alive.” – Trainee Gardener
The Kirkdale Country Community Garden, Liverpool
In 2014 we opened the Kirkdale Country Community Garden with Rotunda, a community centre in Kirkdale, Liverpool. Kirkdale is in the top 1% areas of national poverty and mental ill health and addiction are experienced by many of its inhabitants. Working with Rotunda we have given a new heart to the community. Recently volunteers have grown delicious vegetables and have enjoyed trying their produce.
The Castle Park Physic Garden, Bristol
Last year we supported St Mungo’s to create The Castle Park Physic Garden in Bristol. Working with over 25,000 homeless people every year, St Mungo’s help people to recover from the issues that create homelessness, often related to mental ill health and addiction. The team have recently planted over a thousand bulbs, including snow drops, daffodils and bluebells. Trainee gardeners are moving on to the next phases of their horticultural qualifications.
“It gives me a big bundle of confidence and is helping me to see how capable I am. I really enjoy studying and may even further my education after this course.” – Trainee Gardener
OUR UPCOMING WORK
The Art Garden, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
This year, The Art Garden will open at Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. We are collaborating with local charities as part of the Whitworth’s Grow Project. The Grow Project supports local people who are experiencing social isolation or living with mental ill health as they work towards becoming gardeners. Working together in the garden allows each individual to learn new horticultural skills, as well as creating a nurturing sense of community.
*For each Peony & Moss Candle sold in the UK, Jo Malone Limited will make a donation equal to 75% of the retail price of £44 (less VAT) to several registered charities. 56% of the donation will go to our newest charity garden with St Mungo’s in London. The balance will be used for on-going garden maintenance, as follows: 10% to The Castle Park Physic Garden / St Mungo’s, Bristol; 8% to the Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester; 8% to The Kirkdale Country Garden / Rotunda Limited, Liverpool; 8% to the Redhall Walled Garden / SAMH Scottish Association for Mental Health, Edinburgh; and 10% to Thrive (Society for Horticultural Therapy) Old English Garden, Battersea Park, London.