Dig ‘n’ Grow – Oxfordshire

From their purposefully designed garden in Witney, Dig ‘n’ Grow equips adults with learning disabilities with new skills such as planting, woodwork, nature crafts and cooking, all in a safe and social setting.

What can happen in a session?

We have a rolling programme of seasonal and purposeful activities. You will be able to choose what you would like to do in each session. Our staff will provide specific support that meets your individual needs.

A session might include:

  • Planting and growing bulbs, flowers, veg or herbs
  • Sowing seeds, pricking out, potting on
  • Woodwork, willow weaving and crafts
  • Health walks and trips out
  • Seasonal celebrations; watering, dead-heading, general plant care
  • Composting, weeding, pruning, digging
  • Soft wood, hard wood & root cuttings
  • Cooking garden produce.

Dig n Grow service user and staff member, Roy begin work on their handcrafted bird boxes

Why is Horticulture so good?

We do a variety of activities all year round, even in the winter months, these include all aspects of gardening, as well as cooking garden produce, seasonal arts & crafts, woodwork, and general garden maintenance off-site (e.g. Witney in Bloom).

The benefits of just being outdoors, and near nature, can be quite surprising. Research suggests that ‘Biophilia’, the bond between humans and nature, produces surprising results, and is one of the best ways to relax, de-stress and feel a sense of wholeness.

There is, of course, no pressure to do things you don’t want to do while at the dig ‘n’ grow project. In fact, you might be very surprised at the results, if you give it a chance! We are even surprised ourselves, as little bits of magic happen almost daily in our garden, it’s a bit like Hogwarts with Horticulture.

“Since James has been attending Dig ‘N’ Grow he has benefited in many way. He strongly connects with the vocational side of things, he is proud to be doing a job that helps others. He’s also improved his dexterity and coordination through his gardening work. Perhaps more importantly, James has developed personal and professional relationships; friendships he might otherwise not have made without the close and positive community found through Dig ‘N’ Grow.”

(Health care professional)

Our main objectives in a nutshell

  • Provide enduring relationships with professionals
  • Maintain a holistic approach
  • Provide long-term intervention and #therapeutic relationships
  • Provide a safe, secure and #sensory appropriate environment
  • Build knowledge through purposeful and directed person-centred activities
  • Provide time and space for both social inclusion and individual work as appropriate
  • Focus on skills, aspirations and personal development
  • Work with well trained, skilled professionals

We currently support adults with special needs, disabilities and mental health issues but also provide spaces for young adults and adults to develop their confidence, self-esteem, social skill and skills around the garden.

Interested in making a referral for yourself or someone else?
Please get in touch with us on oxfordshire@guideposts.org.uk  or on 01993 893 560 to request a referral form and ask any questions you may have.


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10am-3pm
Paradise Fields, Curbridge, Witney, OX29 7DH 


Dig 'N' Grow Oxfordshire | April Sunshine

Dig 'N' Grow is looking wonderful in this April sunshine – check out those perfectly potted pansies! #GuidepostsCommunity

Posted by Guideposts Trust UK on Friday, April 12, 2019
Spring at Dig 'N' Grow, Witney

It's another beautiful Spring morning & Tim, our Oxfordshire Community Opportunities Services Manager, wanted to share how beautiful their Dig N Grow site in Witney is looking in this glorious Spring sunshine!That metal archway will soon be filled with runner beans! And the team have repurposed the gazebo ruined over the snowy winter as a protector from nature's rather cheeky unwanted visitors!As Roy says, just 3 more beds to do…We think it's looking beautiful, just look at those colourful hanging baskets!#HappyMonday #GuidepostsCommunity #DigNGrow

Posted by Guideposts Trust UK on Monday, April 15, 2019