It is with huge sadness that we need to inform you that TWIGS Community Gardens has temporarily closed its gates to visitors and all the activity sessions are suspended. The health of TWIGS’ staff, volunteers and visitors has to be our number one priority and the current situation regarding Coronavirus has resulted in us having to make this difficult decision .

We will continue to keep you informed of any changes via social media and our website..

To all who have become part of our TWIGS community and those who have supported us, we look forward to seeing you all again in the future, and we send our very best wishes.

Friends of Twigs

Friends of Twigs is an independent charity which gives financial and practical support to TWIGS and the Olive Tree Café, two mental health projects in Swindon. We have no administration costs.

TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon) provides horticultural and related craft therapy and the Olive Tree Café (which we helped set up in 2011) provides positive work-related opportunities for people recovering from mental illness – something that affects one in four of us at some time in our lives, directly or indirectly. Both projects give people a chance to regain confidence and self-esteem and to learn new skills and can be transforming: “TWIGS provided a lifeline when my life was filled with despair and hopelessness… I found the space and support I needed to believe that a different future was possible.”

Friends of Twigs has helped to cover additional staffing and training costs, and to pay for garden structures, tools and seeds, livestock, kitchen equipment, IT, and much else.

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