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.

We plan to restart our regular volunteer sessions as we soon as we come out of the national lockdown, but in the meantime why not join the Plants for People team every Friday between 11am - 12pm (zoom link below) for a virtual coffee morning.

You'll be able to chat to fellow community gardeners, share gardening tips and hacks, and be part of the 2021 plans for your community gardens, see below for what we'll be discussing each week:

9th April - Tree Planting & Urban Orchards
23rd April - Coming out of Lockdown, Gardening Jobs for April
7th May - Judge April's Photographic Competition.

Meeting ID: 957 378 3454

Meeting link:

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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: 

Service Manager Phillip Paulo, mobile: 07816115245

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

Find out more...

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!

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Contact details

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

Service Manager Phillip Paulo, mobile: 07816 115 245

or Community Development Worker Duncan Reade, mobile: 07768 082631



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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.

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