Replenishing garden for female survivors of sexual abuse
Thyme & Space is an opportunity to build friendships, new skills and confidence through gardening and sharing a vegetarian meal together. A place where we can set aside our daily challenges and enjoy a connection with nature through activities like sowing, digging, planting, weeding, harvesting, cooking or just sitting and enjoying a cup of tea. No previous experience of gardening or cooking is needed!
This project was sparked by a team visit to PLOT 22 by staff of Survivors’ Network in 2016 and discussion with long term PLOT 22 volunteers with relevant skills. It was felt PLOT 22 could be a perfect place to encourage the healing process. After several well received taster sessions in Autumn 2016 volunteers successfully raised funds to host more. We welcome new women to come and spend time at PLOT 22 and share in the positive experience it has on our wellbeing.
"It was special to inhabit a calming place of nature for a spell. It also felt a safe space to share and listen with my fellow women survivors, where such spaces rarely exist in the ‘outside’ world. Thank you all."
"Couldn’t be more pleased, all the anxiety and bad emotions/feelings disappeared as soon as I walked into the peaceful plot and met these lovely ladies! No pressure to talk or do anything that makes me feel uncomfortable."
"I really enjoyed the session at PLOT 22. I normally find group things difficult but wanted to stay for longer as it’s so peaceful there."
Arriving and accessing the PLOT 22 site: PLOT 22 is located on the Weald Allotments. A map and directions are here. The Weald is a locked allotment site and so please ensure you have our contact number on your phone to let us know you've arrived. Once inside the gate turn left and you'll find PLOT 22 50 metres along the lane.
PLOT 22 has a no alcohol/substances policy and vegetarian food is prepared and shared onsite.
We are grateful to Sussex Community Foundation, the Allen Lane Foundation, Tesco's Bag for Life scheme, Santander and One Stop Carriers for Causes for funding these sessions.