Friary Gardeners offers horticultural training and greater independence to adults with a wide spectrum of leaning difficulties in the Hastings and Rother area. Friary Gardeners is a non profit making scheme and forms part of the Parchment Trust - a charity working in the field of learning disability and multiple and profound disability. 



Our delightfull Victorian farm complex comprises a cluster of original old buildings and two walled gardens. It is flanked by St Helen's Woods, On site facilities include:


  • 4 poly tunnels                            

  • A propogation unit

  • Organic vegetable gardens 

  • Display flowerbeds

  • A woodwork room

  • Recreational gardens for activities

  • A craftroom

  • Victorian farm buildings incorporating WC facilities and storage areas.

  • Kithen & classroom



All parts of the garden complex are wheelchair accessible. We have raised beds to enourage individual growing projets and to widen opportunities to people in wheelchairs with limited ability.



We actively encourage the green status of our site and make our own electricity, hot water and recycle rainwater through greywater flushing & watering.


Person Centreed Approaches - Meeting Individual Needs

We greatly value all of our trainees. We believe each individual has a unique contribution to make here and in the wider community.


Emphasis is placed upon our trainees working towards greater independence at their own pace. By taking account of skill level, personal interests, experience and aspirations and by encouraging a variety of activities, we aim to create a balance between purposeful occupation and a relaxed atmosphere.


Monitoring Progress

Trainee reviews are annual and convened throughout the year to suit each individual. These provide an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme and allow service users to identify, discuss and agree future goals. All reviews provide an opportunity to further the development of each individual based on their own needs and wishes and the expression of these needs and wishes are encouraged at all times. Parents, carers, adult social care assessors and any other relevant persons may attend the reviews. Friary Gardeners has an active equal opportunities policy.







What else is on offer?


  • Craftwork - Art, pottery, mosaics, 3-dimensional projects.

  • Card-making, needlecraft

  • Construction woodwork projects

  • Photography

  • Sport and Leisure activities - pool, football, cricket

  • Cooking

  • Heritage/conservation/wildlife appreciation.


Opening Times




WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW DELIVERY SERVICE. You can now purchase and pay for plants over the phone and we will deliver them to your doorstep. Please call us on 01424 755800 and choose option 3 (Friary Gardeners) to place your order today.


We regret that we are currently unable to provide a collection service from the site.



Getting Involved - Making a Difference!


  • We grow a wide variety of plants, all for sale at reasonable prices


  • Try our garden produce - Fresh, healthy organic options and brilliant value!

  • Our beautiful gardens are open to the public. All borders are tended by our service users and volunteers and include some unusual plants and artwork.

  • Community gardening - We prioritise the elderly and the needy. Our team can provide mowing, strimming, planting, weeding, pruning, and garden clearance.





In Other News....
Christmas Party

Elvis was not in the building this year for the Christmas Party.  Instead the fabulous Rockittmen played a sensational set at the Friary Gardeners Christmas Party.

New Awning Arrives

Gayle Benet was the Rotary President this year and nominated Friary Gardeners as recipient for funding which raised approximately £1500 from Hastings Rotary Club and 7 other European Clubs.

Call us:

01424  755 800

(Head Office)


Find us: 

Ore Place Farm, The Ridge, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2RA 

or email for any enquiries