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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** Important update from Plants for People**

The team at Plants for People would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our gardeners, volunteers and supporters a very Happy New Year and prosperous 2021.

In light of the current national lockdown the Plants for People team have taken the difficult decision to postpone all practical volunteer gardening sessions until further notice.

Please do keep in touch and follow us through our Facebook page, where you will be kept up to date with current project development and ways to continue your involvement during lockdown.

We will have regular updates including gardening tips and workshops, free virtual training sessions and activity ideas.

We plan to restart our regular volunteer sessions as we soon as we come out of the national lockdown, but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact our team for ideas about how you can continue your involvement and support the project during lockdown.

Best wishes, Phil Paulo, Plants For People Service Manager


Plants for People’s Service Manager Phillip Paulo, and Community Development Worker Duncan Reade, 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!

Community Garden Sites

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

Service Manager Phillip Paulo, mobile: 07816 115 245 email: 

or Community Development Worker Duncan Reade, mobile: 07768 082631 email:

To keep up to date with all the latest Plants For People news please follow us on Facebook.



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