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Friary Gardeners

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Friary Gardeners offers horticultural occupation, training and greater independence to adults with a wide spectrum of Autism, learning and physical disabilities.


We believe each individual has a unique contribution to make here and in the wider community.

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

Located at Ore Place Farm, Friary Gardeners is a working nursey, open to the public for the sale of plants and produce in season. 


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


Monitoring Progress

Trainee reviews are held annually. These provide an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the service and allow trainees to identify, discuss and agree future goals. All reviews provide an opportunity to further the development of each individual based on their needs and wishes; the expression of these needs and wishes is encouraged at all times. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The day starts at:  09:00

Lunch time is: 12:30 – 13:15

The day ends at: 15:00

On an average day there are how many trainees: 30 -40 trainees per day

On an average day there are how many staff: 10. In additional to this one-to-one support can be provided to meet assessed needs

Overview of facilities: Kitchen and craft room, Victorian farm buildings incorporating WC facilities, 'Changing Places' toilet facility and storage areas, two mess huts, a woodwork room, propagation room, 4 poly tunnels. vegetable gardens, display flowerbeds and recreational gardens for activities. Newly constructed till building. Tool shed.

General activities on offer throughout the day: Woodworking, Cooking, Craft, Horticulture, Sport and Leisure

Transport details: We can currently provide transport to and from Hastings, Bexhill & Battle in a variety of vehicles. Many people travel independently to the service using local buses or taxis. 

What you will need to bring with you: Prepare for all weathers. Waterproofs, boots (with steel toe cap) or wellington boots. Hats and gloves - advised for cold weather and under layer. Break time and lunch time drinks and food are a must! A hot drink in a flask is advisable. Sun screen and suitable clothing for the summer months.

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“I have lots of friends and learn lots of new things.”

— David, Service User

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“It’s good here because the staff are brilliant”

— Stuart, Service User

Meet The Team


Steve Winfield

Service Manager


Jack Stevens

Team Leader

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