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Wild Willows Garden

Welcome to Wild Willow Gardens, is a registered community garden space and will be on the Clew Bay Garden Trail for 2024. It is a garden dedicated to delivering Social Therapeutic Horticulture interventions that harness the power of nature to improve the mental, social, and physiological well-being of our participants. Our compassionate and highly experienced STH facilitator, Nicola Rowntree-Carroll, creates a supportive environment where children and adults of all ages and abilities can connect with nature, learn new skills, and experience the transformative benefits of gardening. At Wild Willow Garden, we believe in the healing power of nature and are committed to helping our participants improve their quality of life through engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable therapeutic activities in our beautiful gardens.

Studies have shown that spending time in nature and engaging in horticultural activities can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, increase physical activity levels, and enhance social skills and communication. Participants may also benefit from the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that comes from cultivating their own plants and producing fresh fruits and vegetables. At Wild Willow Garden, we are fortunate to be located on the stunning Atlantic coast, at the foot of Croagh Patrick. This breathtaking setting provides the perfect backdrop for our therapeutic programs and allows participants to experience the calming effects of nature firsthand.

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Nicola Rowntree-Carroll, STH Facilitator

Nicola Carroll is the founding Chairperson of ASTHFI and also Head Gardener of Wild Willow Gardens, which specializes in delivering Social Therapeutic Horticulture interventions. Nicola is a compassionate, empathetic, and flexible leader who is dedicated to creating programs specifically tailored to her clients' needs. With almost 30 years of experience working in the area of Sexual Violence, Nicola has developed a deep understanding of the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for people to heal and recover. Having read Allan Jenkins book, "Plot 29" a memoir of growing up in care in England, Jenkins told how his Foster Carers garden saved him. Inspired by reading the book Nicola set out to train and qualify as a Social Therapetuic Horticulture Facilitator. She is herself a Foster Carer and avid gardener, and knows firsthand the power of STH interventions in promoting personal growth and well-being. Nicola's passion for gardening is evident in her extensive knowledge and expertise in the field. She brings this passion, along with her diverse skill set, to create a nurturing and transformative experience for all participants at Wild Willow Garden. Under her leadership, the garden has flourished into a vibrant and dynamic community that is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals through the healing power of nature. In Wild WIllow Garden is woodland, native wild flowers and two poly tunnels. 

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