Furzey Gardens is run by local charity Minstead Trust

The Trust supports more than 300 people with learning disabilities from Portsmouth to Poole to build skills that help them find employment and live more independent and fulfilled lives.

This is achieved through day opportunities services, accommodation-based support and social enterprises.

Furzey Gardens is one of these social enterprises, along with Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton and Minstead Lodge conference and events venue.


Minstead Trust’s social enterprises, such as Furzey Gardens, bring much-needed income into the charity but also provide crucial training opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

When you visit the gardens you may see people being supported to maintain the gardens and work in the tea rooms. The plant sales area by the entrance is stocked with dozens of plants potted on by people with learning disabilities in our on-site nursery.

We are supporting people to learn new skills for greater independence, make new friends and in some cases lead to paid employment or sustained volunteering.

Every visit you make to the gardens, every coffee you buy and every plant you purchase is helping us provide more support for people with learning disabilities.

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