Roots provides a gardening service in Bournemouth and Poole to older and disabled people who can no longer manage their garden and a ground maintenance service to commercial properties. The service is delivered by a team of volunteers who are recovering from mental health issues.
The Roots gardening service is provided by a team of volunteers who are recovering from mental ill health and are trained 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. It is funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group for Dorset, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner and Bournemouth Borough Council.
The Roots service costs £23.50 per hour and is aimed specifically at helping older and disabled people. This service operates three days a week, Tuesday to Thursday.