Horticultural Therapy for injured personnel in the UK –
“Therapy by stealth; you enjoy it so much you don’t notice the pain”

HighGround is the charity which provides Horticultural Therapy to seriously injured members of our Armed Forces as part of their rehabilitation process.

Funded entirely by charitable donations, HighGround has just completed a 3-year pilot scheme at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court in Surrey.

It clearly demonstrated the benefits of Horticultural Therapy as part of the rehabilitation process: “now recognised as a valuable component of the holistic care package which the DMRC delivers to its patients at Headley Court”.1 This view is reinforced by an independent external academic evaluation2.


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Carol Sales, Horticultural Therapist, with Chief Tech Lee Edwards planting the first tree at Headley Court’s ‘Home Thoughts from Abroad’ garden.

In 2018 Headley Court is closing and the DMRC’s services will transfer to the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire, created by the late Duke of Westminster. This will be a remarkable facility, providing the best possible care and clinical rehabilitation for seriously wounded members of our Armed Forces.

HighGround’s aim is to deliver the Horticultural Therapy in a restored 4-acre walled garden where patients will gain maximum benefit from the safe and calm surroundings.

Please help! We need your help and support to raise £354,000 to finance another 3 years of Horticultural Therapy for patients undergoing the rehabilitation process. This sum will cover the costs of the sessions for a standard 3 week admission period (some patients keep coming back for more rehab for several years), which includes staff and equipment costs, and the transition period from Headley Court to Stanford Hall.

Without your help, we cannot provide this much needed and unique rehabilitation service for our country’s servicemen and women. If this matters to you then please donate now.

1 Surgeon-General, Defence Authority for Healthcare in the Defence Medical Services Department
2 By Dr Zoe Morrison of Aberdeen University based on feedback from Occupational Therapists at DMRC