Alive has two community allotments, one in Brentry, North Bristol, and another in Brislington, South Bristol. Here we offer supported gardening and socialising sessions for people living with dementia.

Alive allotments give you and your loved ones access to the therapeutic and social benefits of having an allotment without the pressure of day-to-day maintenance.

Alive has been running gardening sessions for older people and people with dementia for over ten years and has seen first-hand the positive impact gardening can have on a person’s mental and physical health.

While at the allotment, participants can do activities set out by one of our horticultural therapy experts or enjoy good company and being outside surrounded by nature and birdsong. Trained volunteers will be on hand to assist if required and to help create a welcoming atmosphere.

The allotments are fully accessible. There is a shelter for when the elements are against us, and loos onsite. At the end of every session, there will be a chance to reflect on what we’ve achieved, make plans for future projects and, most importantly, drink tea!

How does it work?

Sessions run at the North Bristol allotment every Monday and Tuesday afternoon from February to October. We are open one day a week during the colder months.

Sessions run at the South Bristol allotment every Tuesday afternoon, all year round.

These sessions are open to anyone in the community living with dementia, and their carers, relatives or care partners.

The groups share the fruit, vegetables and flowers we grow all year round. Surplus produce gets donated to local groups.


Sessions at the allotments are free. If people would like to contribute to the running costs of sessions at the allotments, they may do so here.

You may book a place on any of our sessions using the forms linked below.

Care Home Visits

Alive welcomes visits from care homes to our award-winning, dementia-friendly allotment in North Bristol.

Find out more about this here.

See our other community garden

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The community gardens team sends out occasional newsletters, which you may subscribe to here.

Alive is always looking for volunteers to support our Community Gardening and other work. If you want to support us through volunteering, find out more here.

Please call Guy on 07423719088 or email to find out more about the allotments.