Nature's Haven Community Healing Garden

Our mission is to enable our community to access and learn about the therapeutic benefits of gardening and nature.

Nature’s Haven is an outdoor retreat to escape the pressures of everyday life. We aim to give our visitors a sense of strength and protection with the intention of providing a more tranquil state of mind.

Our healing garden will be filled with a variety of plants that promote a sense of wellbeing and hope. Our garden designs are based on the principles of a physic garden, focusing on the plants' inherent healing properties. It will be a place of refuge where peace, healing, distraction and stress relief is promoted.

Nature's Haven will create, maintain & continue to develop healing gardens to generate an abundance of positivity. The gardens will be restorative and yet enabling too, allowing the visitor to 'simply be', reflect & be fully present in the moment and/or actively engage in gardening through our social therapeutic horticultural programmes.

We will provide events and opportunities to engage as many people in our community as possible as we nurture and promote a feeling of connectedness.

We champion sustainability and we are guided by permaculture principles thus avoiding synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

The gardens are designed with accessibility in mind. Wheelchairs will be able to access all areas of the garden and the paths and raised beds will help the visually impaired navigate their way around. We will also have adapted tools to assist with any mobility issues.

38 GoodGymers have supported Nature's Haven Community Healing Garden with 18 tasks.


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Angela Shaw

Rooting it out

Thursday 18th April

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Angela, Sheila and Jack gathered at Nature's Haven, alongside other volunteers, to continue the creation of the new mini orchard. Sheila and Angela fancied some physical work, so set about digging up some Choisya roots to clear the ground ready for seeding with wild flower seeds. Meanwhile Jack helped Roger pull ivy off the building. We admired the bee hotel that had been made that afternoon by a volunteer team from Centrica. Nature's Haven is living up to its name! We took a break for a cup of tea, some cake and wished Jack a Happy Birthday 🎂

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An Awesome Foursome

Thursday 11th April

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Lisa, Angela and Sheila helped out at Nature's Haven, joined a little bit later by Roberta after she had finished her day's work. Today was a very exciting day. After all the shrub cutting, shredding, root extraction and ground digging over the last few weeks by Goodgymmers and other volunteers, we actually got to plant some fruit trees! The ground was raked over, and some very special fertiliser from an exclusive restaurant was applied, and we were ready to go. Angela and Lisa dug three deep holes, and planted three cordon apple trees. After some consultation about the precise positioning, the fourth hole was dug and planted with a step-over apple tree. What an awesome foursome! We then planted some perennials and bluebells as groundcover between the trees. We gave them all a good watering, and stood back to admire our work. It was great to see the transformation of this area, and look forward to some scrumping in the future!

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Root and Branch Part 2

Saturday 6th April

Written by Windsor and Maidenhead runner

An amazing 6 Goodgymmers turned up at Nature's Haven to continue the good work started at Wednesday night's session, alongside other volunteers. Peter, Matthew and Scarlett took on the tricky task of digging out the roots of the shrubs that had been established there for many years. Luckily Peter had been practising in his own garden for just such an opportunity, so was able to bring a wealth of experience And Matthew and Scarlett had been at the Wednesday session, so the task was in capable hands. Meanwhile, Rachel, Clara and Sheila did a final dig over the area soon to be planted with fruit trees, pulling out any bits of old root as they went. We were hoping to plant some trees in this session, but we weren't quite ready - maybe next week. Taskowners Claire and Aleks were extremely grateful for the Goodgym help and delighted by how much had been achieved. We look forward to seeing the fruits (literally!) of our labour very soon!

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Aidan Jackman

Root and Branch

Wednesday 3rd April

Written by Windsor and Maidenhead runner

We made a return visit to Nature's Haven to add some Goodgym enthusiasm and muscle to clearance work that is going on to make way for a new mini-orchard. We welcomed Aidan to his first ever Goodgym session, and what a welcome addition he was to the group. Nicola was sporting her new 100 Deeds Tshirt, and looked great! Our taskowners Claire and Aleks were on hand to give us instructions for the evening. One group tackled moving a huge pile of branches, which had been cut down from the old shrubbery, to an area at the other end of the site, where they can be picked up for disposal. As Jen commented It was a perfect demonstration of how many hands make light work. Just as they were congratulating themselves on clearing the area, Aleks found them another enormous pile to clear. But they weren't daunted by the task, and by the end of the session that pile had been cleared too. Great work! Meanwhile another group set to, digging the shrub roots out of the ground. Not an easy task, as they all seemed to be interconnected underground, and the roots were tough. Undeterred, the team battled on, and every so often there were little whoops of triumph as another root ball was lifted from the ground! As the light faded we called it a day, and were treated to hot drinks and toasted marshmallows round the firepit. We love coming to Nature's Haven! A very satisfying task and we look forward to a return visit, perhaps to help plant the orchard?

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Putting the Easter into Cotoneaster

Saturday 30th March

Written by Windsor and Maidenhead runner

On a beautiful Spring morning, Roberta, Jen and Sheila met at Nature's Haven community garden alongside other volunteers and taskowners Claire and Aleks. Sheila had brought her shredder to use, as there are huge quantities of branches to get rid of, from shrubs which have been cut down to make way for a mini orchard. Whilst Sheila and Roberta fed material into the shredder, Jen replenished the pile from the upper area. As we shredded, the Cotoneaster, Hebe, Choysia and Vibernum branches released wonderful aromas. A beautiful Robin visited us all, hoping for some rich pickings from the disturbed soil. We made good progress, and the upper area is gradually being cleared. Work will continue at Wednesday's Goodgym session - hopefully many hands will make light work! Happy Easter, everyone!

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Angela Shaw

Ready, Shreddie, Go!

Thursday 28th March

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Angela and Sheila helped out at Nature's Haven this afternoon. A corporate team had been in and cut down lots of the shrubs from the area due to be planted up with some new fruit trees. Result - loads of branches that needed shredding. So, Goodgym to the rescue! Using Sheila's shredder, we fed it constantly, and it chomped its way through loads of material. The shreddings are destined for the compost heap and for mulching areas between the raised beds

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