The Resilience Garden project, which started in June 2021, engaged local people from the Veteran and civilian communities who were recovering from mental health illnesses, to design, create and maintain a community garden at Aldershot Military Museum. The Garden launched in June 2022 and places are still available to participate in maintaining and planting the Garden.

The project brought participants together to support their own mental health recovery, developing personal and social resilience through a supported, collaborative activity.

This was an alternative intervention aside from local support services. Participants were invited to drop-in sessions and facilitated courses during the maintenance of the garden. These activities were designed to enable them to develop trust and confidence in others, as well as learn new skills and coping mechanisms.

The garden is a place of continued shared learning and development, and improves community integration through common ground.

The Resilience Garden project was generously funded by the MOD Covenant Fund and Hampshire Gardens Trust.

If you would like to become a Garden Volunteer, please email

The Resilience Garden from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.

Sign up to our newsletter to hear about our upcoming exhibitions, events and newsSign up