Roots Gardening Services

Roots provides a gardening service in Bournemouth and Poole to older people and people with a disability who can no longer manage their garden, and a ground maintenance service to commercial properties.  

The service is delivered by a team of volunteers affected by mental illness, and supervised by a Help & Care Garden Services Worker. It has been in operation since 1989 and was the first practical service developed by Help & Care. Roots launched as a social enterprise in 2010.

Please note, our service is currently full. We cannot take on new customers at the moment. However, if you would like to hear from us in the future about the Roots project, including various opportunities, please do get in touch. 

The service is based in the grounds of Herbert Hospital in Westbourne. The Roots Service has its own van, trailer and a range of power and hand tools. If you are an organisation that provides tools and would like to donate some to us, please contact: 

Roots services include:

Mowing lawns
Strimming edges
Hedge trimming
Moderate pruning of trees and shrubs
Planting and weeding
Sweeping up leaves


How Roots helps people

Customers benefit from having their gardens maintained in a caring and professional manner, contributing to their wellbeing and safety.

  • The garden remains a pleasure rather than a cause of anxiety. Some tenancy agreements place responsibility on upkeep of the garden on the tenant.
  • The garden is maintained at a fair cost by trustworthy gardeners.
  • Health and safety issues are minimised – helping to prevent falls.
  • Tidy gardens reduce the risk of older people becoming victims of burglary and / or being prone to bogus callers.
  • Disputes with neighbours can be alleviated or avoided.
  • The service is reliable and fully supervised.


Fundraise for Roots

Every year Help & Care recieves fundraised income from people choosing to support the Roots project by running in the London Marathon. You can read more about fundraising with Help & Care, and getting involved in the London Marathon here.

Every penny raised by our runners goes directly to supporting the continuation of the Roots project.


To find out more about Roots please contact the team.

Call: 0300 111 3303


Read our stories…

Meet our Fundraisers

Runners are taking part in this year's London Marathon to raise funds for Help & Care. Find out more and donate!Read more.

Dan's story - Recovering from depression and anxiety

Dan joined Roots when he was eighteen, and since then he has been a volunteer for three years.Read more.

Peter’s story – Volunteering at Roots

Peter is in his forties and has been volunteering at Roots for two years. Roots has helped him recover from mental health illness and feel more positive about life.Read more.

Ann's story - Recovering from depression with Roots

Ann joined Help & Care’s Roots Service while she was recovering from severe depression. After two years of volunteering for Help & Care, Ann was offered a permanent job at the social enterprise.Read more.

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