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Key Information

  • Who is it for?

    Adults with learning disabilities.

  • Providing Help With:

    Learning skills in gardening and ground maintenance.

  • Located:

    Lime House, Lowton, Warrington

  • Social media:

    Facebook: nugenthtc


Nugent Horticultural Training Centre

The Nugent Horticultural Training Centre is a community based project which supports adults with learning disabilities with learning skills in gardening and ground maintenance.



The Horticultural Training Centre was formed in 1994 in a beautiful two acre site at Lime House. It provides gardening and ground maintenance work opportunities for its service users in over 15 gardens in the surrounding area including private residences, churches, and schools.

Offering a friendly, joyful and welcoming environment, the Garden Project is a source of learning, social interaction and relaxation for service users.



The Centre is led by Project Leader, Chris Gunnill, a friendly and Qualified Landscape Gardener.  He provides guidance on the different learning opportunities and establishes and organises training in a number of areas including Moving and Handling, Inanimate Objects, Infection Control and Personal Hygiene.

All of our staff attend mandatory training, delivered by Nugent’s Training Department and external trainers. Further training can be explored through Agricultural Colleges.


Why choose Nugent’s Horticultural Training Centre?

Your experience at the Centre will be one to remember!  Our service users tell us the social skills and confidence they build is the most important thing to them. Other benefits can include reducing anxiety, making new friends, raising aspirations and increasing fitness and health.

  • High achievement awards and portfolio of accomplishments
  • Learn social skills and build you confidence
  • Receive 1:1 support from staff including our Project Leader and Specialist Support Worker and a range of friendly volunteers
  • Qualified professionals delivering training and supervision including:
  • Moving and Handling skills
  • Infection Control
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Learn employability skills including telephone and office skills
  • Learn how to get food from the ground to the table
  • Feed, maintain and look after ducks and chickens on site
  • Intergenerational social opportunities with Lime House residents
  • Therapeutic environment with highly scented flowers
  • Take home fresh food such as eggs and tomatoes grown in the project

Our fees

We pride ourselves in being accessible and providing excellent value for money.  We welcome service users to take part as much or as little as they prefer, and offer sessions Monday to Friday between 9am – 12pm and 1pm-4pm, with a lunch break from 12-1pm where service users can socialise with each other in the grounds of Lime House

The price per hour £13

The price per session £39