Plants for People

The Plants for People project is a joint initiative between Mayfield Nurseries and Southampton City Council, which combines community development work with gardening to make a lasting difference to people living on social housing estates in Southampton.

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Planting the new Southampton Green Network – come and help it to grow!

Lots of people across Southampton are involved with green projects – from tree planting, to food growing, to encouraging biodiversity, community gardens and allotments, to groups looking after local parks and open spaces. We’re also recognizing the huge value in green activities for our health and wellbeing, and for sustainable communities.

We know that bringing together people who share a passion and an interest means we can support each other, share ideas, make it easier for people to find local green projects to get involved with, apply for funding and develop projects together.

So Southampton Voluntary Services and Mayfield Nurseries have teamed up to facilitate the setting up of a green network and we’d love you to be part of it, please get in touch with Duncan Reade for more info: mobile: 07816 115 245 email:

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Plants for People’s Community Development Worker Duncan Reade and Support Worker Sherwayne Mitchell lead gardening initiatives to improve open spaces, community connections and positive wellbeing in communities, creating safe spaces to grow, learn and get to know your neighbours. 

Participants don’t need any equipment or experience and all sessions are on a free, drop in basis. The gardening workshops are open to all ages and abilities from absolute beginners to keen gardeners. 

Our projects run all the way through the year, so you can still get involved no matter what the weather. In the colder months, wrap up warm!

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Contact Us

For more information on Plants for People and the initiatives in your area, please contact:

Community Development Worker Duncan Reade, mobile: 07816 115 245

Support Worker Sherwayne Mitchell, mobile 07974 591953



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Photography Competition!

We have launched a monthly photography competition all you need to do is capture how inspiring gardens, plants and wildlife are! The winner will receive a £10 Mayfield Nurseries gift voucher.

  • All welcome, no barrier to age & ability (Child to Adult).
  • All photos need to be taken in Southampton, and even better if in a Plants for People Garden!
  • Photos can be in colour or black and white and should feature, gardens, plants, flowers, insects and wildlife.
  • You may edit and touch up your photo if you have the skills, but we will be considering several elements during the judging.

Please email or text all entries, along with your name to: 

Duncan Reade, mobile: 07816115245

Entries for the competition will close on 25 of every month, good luck!

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Plants for People project is a joint initiative between Mayfield Nurseries and Southampton City Council and gratefully acknowledges the support from The National Lottery Community Fund.