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We use community facilities and invite the community in to Lakeside.


Mudlarks is a gardening project for people of all abilities, particularly those with a learning disability or mental health issues. We offer horticultural therapy, training and work experience in horticulture, conservation and environmental awareness.

With the help of volunteers and staff we are turning a formerly disused allotment site into a valuable community resource. People at Mudlarks are working together to learn new skills, gain self-confidence and create a sustainable and productive environment.

Mudlarks is based on a large area of the Cromwell Road allotments on the edge of Hertford. Gardeners have their own bed where they can choose which plants to grow. The large communal areas at Mudlarks include flower and vegetable plots, an orchard, wildlife area, herb spiral, willow arch and apothecary bed.

The site also has an eco-building with a living sedum roof. The building has a wood-burning stove and facilties for making refreshments. Gardeners can use the building for tea and lunch breaks. In the colder months of the year gardeners use the building for craft activities and allotment carpentry projects.

The site also contains a greenhouse, potting shed, bike shelter, wood store and environmentally sustainable compost toilet.

See photos of our students at Mudlarks here.


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