Nene Park Community Plant NurseryBack to Activities
Nene Nursery is a micro growing space in Nene Park, created to be an inclusive community hub with an accessible environment.
This activity is good for wellbeing because
- Spending time in nature has been shown to improve health and wellbeing
- There are many opportunities for learning new things
- The space and activities are inclusive and at your own pace
How to contact
Where to go
Ham Lane House
Peterborough PE2 5UU
What to expect
Created to be a safe and nurturing green space which promotes learning and relaxation through a programme of activities which includes Sensory Sessions and Horticultural Courses.
The varied events on offer are aimed at:
- NHS support workers to bring their clients to;
- Social Prescribers to recommend to the people they work with;
- Care Homes to bring small groups to;
- Charities who feel that the people they support would benefit
The activities vary depending on season and visitor interest, but can include:
- Sensory sessions
- How to grow and harvest
- How to use herb and food plants
- Cookery classes
- Art, design and crafts
Find the session schedule on their webpage here. The sessions are free to attend and do not need to be booked. However, if you would like to let them know that you plan to visit, or have any questions prior to visiting, please contact them on [email protected] Examples of what they have going on:
Sensory Sessions: Information boards are placed around the Nursery site, encouraging visitors to engage with the various plants and see, smell, feel, and taste where appropriate. These sessions can be self-led if preferred, or guided by Nene Park Trust staff and volunteers.
Drop In series: Activities on offer which run for 6 weeks for each series, for example a Herb Trail; exploring Herbal Teas; MicroGreens; Crop Planning through the year; and Tablescaping.
Please wear weather/season-appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes. The nursery provides all equipment and gardening gloves needed.
There is no requirement to take part in the activities available; visitors are welcome to enjoy the nursery by taking a seat in various parts of the space with a hot or cold drink, or simply listen to the activities which are taking place. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring your own mug – they would like to invite visitors to bring a mug from home, which can then be used to enjoy a drink (offered at all the advertised sessions) whilst visiting. However, there are plenty of mugs available if this isn’t possible.
There is an accessible compost toilet within the Nursery. For fully accessible options, please use the facilities next to the Visitor Centre.
Finding the Nursery is a little bit tricky! The pin in Google Maps isn’t quite right, instead, check out What3Words for the exact location of the Nursery: Guides.Pads.Fork
For people who are mobile enough, the nearest parking is at Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre (PE2 5UU) and a 5 minute walk south will take you to the Nursery (walk southwards from the Visitor Centre down Ham Farm Lane, pass the Caravan Club’s entrance on the right hand side and continue south, until the path narrows and if you look to the right, you would see the railway track crossing the Lane, and as you then look across the road on the left, there is a wooden fence and gravel entrance which will take you to the nursery entrance). There is a video at the bottom of this page that shows you how to find the entrance.
If accessible parking is required, please contact them by email: [email protected]
Please note that one Sensory Session per fortnight is advertised to the general public and may therefore have larger numbers attending and a different atmosphere.
Please contact staff on [email protected] if you would like to discuss bespoke sessions and activities.
Regular sessions on offer are free to attend.
Bespoke activities may incur a cost, please discuss with them direct.
Sophia introduces the herb activity:
See how to find the entrance to the nursery from the footpath that runs along Ham Lane from the Visitor Centre, after the Caravan Club site and just before you come to the railway crossing: