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A scheme transforming lives

Based at the Eden Project’s plant nursery, People and Gardens gives those with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn all aspects of growing and selling vegetables, from sowing seeds and potting on, to planting and harvesting, to weighing and packing.

Working closely with Eden’s own skilled horticulturalists, participants have developed so much that the group now supplies the Eden Project’s kitchens and has set up a weekly Veg Bag scheme delivering to households in Cornwall, providing real work for real pay for some of the participants.

People and Gardens was set up in 1997 by Ken and Lorraine Radford. The group was initially based at the Lost Gardens of Heligan before moving to Eden’s Watering Lane nursery in St Austell.