The Middle Ground offers craft and gardening for wellbeing. Working in friendly and mutually supportive groups, we do purposeful but gentle activities such as wool felting, candle dipping, plant propagation, growing flowers and herbs, harvesting flowers, fruit and herbs, or sewing and weaving.

The work is based in our beautiful, all-weather gardening building and cosy craft room, with access to the extensive and productive gardens.

The Middle Ground welcomes anyone over 18, regardless of experience or ability, and activities are tailored to individual interests, needs and capacities. So, if you (or someone you know) would like to support your own wellbeing, develop new skills and interests, or use and share existing skills, why not join us?

We particularly welcome people who feel isolated or lonely, live with anxiety or depression, are recovering from a life changing event or illness, or would benefit from adapted gardening space due to illness or injury  (note: the site has rough and uneven ground so you will need reasonable mobility to join the activities safely).

Sessions run on Thursday (craft) and Friday (horticulture) from 9.30 until 12.00, and cost £15 (concessions available in some circumstances).

Valerie Sands guides the horticultural work, using her 40 years of experience of the benefits of working in gardens. She says “I look forwards to meeting those of you who enjoy getting their hands in the earth!”.

Skye Meredith is a felt maker, specialising in 3D felt figures. She says “Having worked with many different groups I’m convinced of the therapeutic nature of working with wool, the most gentle of materials”.

Joining is simple! Just email us at middleground@cherryorchards.co.uk or call 0117 950 3183.

Then we’ll send you a short application form, and arrange an informal interview where we can discuss your needs and what you would like to gain from your time with The Middle Ground.