As a gardening charity with a focus on wellbeing our aim is to combine the satisfaction of purposeful activity with the benefits of friendship within a supportive environment.

We operate in the stunning natural environment of a walled garden in Dorking with views to Box Hill. 

Run entirely by volunteers we  offer gardening, crafting and the opportunity to learn new skills in a safe and friendly space.

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Patchworking Garden Project

Who we help


We support people with a wide variety of need due to physical or mental health conditions, learning disabilities and isolation due to various circumstances. 

It is important that people are well enough to manage their own condition and ask for the help they need.

We take referrals from agencies and GPs, and it is possible to self-refer.

Become a Volunteer


Everyone is a volunteer in the garden working together

If you’re interested in becoming a Support Volunteer

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Supported Volunteer

working in the garden

Study with us


The Patchworking Academy is proud to provide a progression route from the Patchworking Garden into employment.

We founded the Patchworking Academy in 2019, offering an internationally recognised City and Guilds qualification in Practical Horticulture.

To be a student with the academy you must have attended the Patchworking Garden regularly, no other qualifications or experience are necessary.


Patchworking Academy

Get Involved

Events Calendar

Every summer we have an Open Day and every winter we run a quiz night or similar to raise funds and spread the word of what we do.


Help raise vital funds for us and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way to make sure your event is one to remember!


Your donations will be put to good use helping with our running costs. We need to raise at least £42,000 a year for the Garden and Academy.

Where to find us


Get in Touch


Please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.


Remember to include your phone number in any email

The Garden (formerly Friends Life), Sports Ground, Pixham Lane, Dorking, RH4 1QA

Registered address: 44 Westbank, Dorking RH4 3DH