Alive welcome visits to our purpose-built, award-winning dementia-friendly allotment in North Bristol from care homes as well as people living in the community.

Located in Brentry, North Bristol, our allotment is a fully-accessible haven away from the hurly-burly. It allows visitors to connect with nature, engage in gentle gardening activities and enjoy a change of scenery.

Alive has been running gardening sessions for older people and people living with dementia for almost ten years, so we have first-hand experience of the positive impact gardening can have on a person’s mental and physical health.

As well as the gardening activities, our experience is that being outside surrounded by nature can have a powerfully therapeutic effect on people – especially those living with dementia. Why not bring your residents along and see for yourself?

While at the allotment, participants can have a tour, reminisce about their past and current gardening exploits, enjoy the multisensory delights in the raised beds, and then enjoy some of the gardening activities our therapeutic horticulture facilitators have lined up. Trained volunteers will also be on hand to assist if required.

There is a social shed for shelter when the elements are against us, a fully accessible compost loo and the allotment is paved throughout. 

At the end of every session, there will be a chance to reflect on the time spent at the allotment and, most importantly, enjoy a cup of tea!

How do we book?

To book your care home for a session or to find out more info, contact Alive on 0117 377 4756 or

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Alive is always looking for volunteers to support our therapeutic gardening sessions and community gardening work, as well as many other aspects of their work. If you would like to support us through volunteering, find out more here.