Boursin backs Thrive Battersea garden development

A charity has been given £20,000 by a French cheese company to develop a London park herb garden.

Thrive has received £20,000 from French herb cream cheese company Boursin to upgrade and enhance the herb garden creating a display of culinary, medicinal and therapeutic herbs and spices, and facilities for plant production.

The money will also be used to support a gardening programme designed to enable disabled Londoners to develop the skills they need to grow, display and sell herbs and spice, attract public interest in Thrive’s work and in the variety of both common and unusual herbs and spices across their entire range of uses. 

It will also support the development of a herbs and spices retail operation generating income for the charity and to  promote best practice in horticultural therapy.

The project will engage 51 people who are severely disadvantaged in the employment market, unable to sustain independent employment but capable of contributing and performing in a supported environment.

Thrive chief executive Kathryn Rossiter said: "We envisage that 80 per cent of disabled gardeners taking part will improve their psychological health and wellbeing, their physical health, personal and social skills, communication and social interaction and motivation.

"Most of the people on the project will meet and engage with the public through retail opportunities in the herb garden.

"And we expect to see around half of those taking part move on to new roles as supported employees beyond the project duration.

"The majority of disabled people want to work and to be a contributing member of their community and it is at the core of Thrive’s work in Battersea to support these ambitions and aspirations.

She added: "We are thrilled with this cash injection and support from Boursin which has enabled us to establish a new working herbs and spices retail operation, which helps our gardeners and generates income for the charity."

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