Featuring The Potting ShedPosted by: Sam Pegg
An initiative with a means to do good, inspire hope and unlock potential in young people through nature
The Potting Shed is a micro plant nursery based in Nether Edge, sourcing and growing peat free plants with an aim to be plastic free. Currently open for Click & Collect (available all week), you can choose from a wide variety of plants at a reasonable price. Specialising in nature friendly perennial plants but they do also stock a range of annuals and small shrubs.
The Potting Shed grow a range of plants from seed, cuttings and by dividing established plants. If there are specific plant requests, they love a challenge and will seek to find it/grow it just for you. They make sure to also sell plants grown by other nurseries who share the same commitment to grow plants organically and in peat free compost.
On their website you are able to purchase gifts from other small businesses - all of which are nature/botanic based. With a selection of tools for sale, you can begin or advance in your own hobby of gardening to grow your own beautiful creations. The Potting Shed acts as a great place for gifts for garden lovers or people with a general appreciation for nature and lovely plants.
The Potting Shed is a part of the charity Grow. Grow is a youth development charity based in Sheffield - their mission is to, ‘Inspire Hope and Unlock Potential in Young People Through Nature’. The Potting Shed is the retail outlet for Grow, many of the young people they work with face mental health difficulties that have resulted in social isolation and a lack of engagement in work or training prospects. At Grow they combine coaching with nature based projects to help their trainee’s combat social isolation, boost their wellbeing and develop employability skills. All of the plants you purchase will have been selected, grown and nurtured by Grow Gardeners.
Grow Gardeners is a paid work experience and training programme aimed at unemployed young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment due to mental ill-health and other barriers to employment.
One of the current trainees is an adult in foster care. His foster carer said:
“This scheme is effectively a paid work experience programme based on a social enterprise model. We really needed this kind of experience to support him before he enters the world of employment. They are sympathetic employers and take each student's needs into account whilst encouraging them to work hard and develop professional behaviours.
He is really enjoying himself! He is earning money, is busy every day with regular hours, is developing his knowledge and understanding of horticulture, making new friendships, becoming more independent, taking risks, asking for help, thinking carefully about when and what to eat, going to bed earlier and sleeping better!”
Dale, one of the programme graduates said:
“I learned a lot about flowers, weeds, perennials, and how to take care of them, like deadheading and pruning. It’s actual employment, so it’s helped me out through lockdown… it was good to learn new things. It’s been getting me out more than I would have so that’s been good.”
Talking about how the trainee programme has benefitted him, Dale said: “It’s got me into a set routine with going to work, so it’s helped me prepare for my future… I’d recommend Grow Gardeners to others. It’s a good start for someone who hasn’t worked before, you could definitely do Grow Gardeners and progress to whatever you want to be as it doesn’t limit you to just gardening.”
Visit Grow UK for more: https://www.growuk.org/grow-gardeners/
If you’re looking to breathe new life into your home and garden this spring, visit The Potting Shed online for a range of plants and accessories to collect at 27 Montgomery Road, Sheffield, S7 1LN
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