How we began



For many years the positive advantages of horticulture have been recognised nationally. Locally, Herefordshire DIAL (Disablement Information and Advice Line) acknowledged this interest and need. In 1988 the first Autumn Gardening event was hosted by Holme Lacy College, and so began the productive alliance between the College and gardeners with special needs.

In 1989 the College built the Demonstration Garden and in 1990 their horticultural department initiated teaching sessions for people with disabilities.

After the second Autumn Gardening event in 1990, it was agreed that it was time for the gardening project to continue alone. So, in 1991 Herefordshire Growing Point was formed. Now, it is a registered charity (number 1006625) administered by an Executive Committee and is mainly funded by donations from charitable trusts and individuals, together with various key events. There is an ongoing fund raising programme to meet the changing needs of our expanding activities.