Flower Pod is a garden full of flowers, surrounded by farmland on the edge of Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus. Focused on community, creativity and sustainability, it provides learning within 1.5 acres of green space.

Helping people with learning disabilities connect with both nature and their local community is at the heart of everything we do.

Clients enjoy gardening, wildlife, crafts, floristry, and other transferable skills that help people gain in confidence and to develop towards living more independently.

Flower Pod also is a place to relax, build new friendships and get some exercise in the fresh air, helping to promote positive emotional and physical wellbeing.

We welcome supporters who want to work with our clients or help in the garden. Many friendships have blossomed over the years as people have shared their skills and experience with Flower Pod and these ongoing relationships are crucial to what we do.

Volunteers help us produce seasonal flowers for individuals and small events, and we make environmentally friendly, natural petal confetti.

We host corporate volunteering activities for groups of between 6 – 20 people who can take part in tasks that help us improve and maintain our site. If you're an organisation that is committed to giving something back, why not give us a ring to see if we can help organise something to suit you?

To get involved as a client, carer, volunteer or donor, call 01636 918271.

Find us at: Brackenhurst Lane, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0QL. Call us on 01636 918271.

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Jane Hufton
Flower Pod Centre Manager

Hello, I’m Jane…

At Flower Pod Southwell we love learning, and our clients develop skills for independence using our wonderful outdoor space. The focus is about positive relationships when connecting with people and the environment. Fun and teamwork are at the heart of what we do whilst looking after the flower garden and conserving the natural balance to protect and nurture everything in it.

We are very excited to be developing a wildlife area to offer people the chance to understand the importance of our ecosystem; become greener citizens and share our experience and knowledge with the community. Our generous volunteers assist our expert team to provide a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy.  It’s a safe, interesting, stimulating place to be and a place where you can be yourself.


Watch our short video to see Lucy and John talk about their volunteering experiences at Flower Pod Southwell

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Please note the timetable is subject to change and there is a waiting list for some sessions.

Sessional rates vary. Adults with learning disabilities may be eligible to receive personal budgets from Nottinghamshire County Council to pay for sessions. For more details on the personal budget process please contact 01636 819066. We can sometimes offer places on funded projects at lower sessional rates.

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Happy Monday. Take a moment to notice all the colours around you.

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Beautiful, can almost smell that elisions sweet pea aroma. 🤗

They look stunning. The colours sooo beautiful. I hope you get offers from people to buy a bunch of them to booster your funds. 💕

Beautiful x

Absolutely stunning!

Bet it smells lush in there xx

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What a hardworking bunch from Chiesi Group East Midlands team! Worked through the heat to help with flower arranging for this weekend’s Lord Lieutenant’s Garden Party (among other things). And kindly donated lots of tools. Thank you!

If you’re part of a team that would like to have a fun team building day in a beautiful tranquil setting and help a good cause in the process - give us a shout!

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What a hardworking bunch from Chiesi Group East Midlands team! Worked through the heat to help with flower arranging for this weekend’s Lord Lieutenant’s Garden Party (among other things). And kindly donated lots of tools. Thank you!

If you’re part of a team that would like to have a fun team building day in a beautiful tranquil setting and help a good cause in the process - give us a shout!
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Brilliant volunteering. 👏

We said goodbye to the lovely Tracey on Friday.. OMGosh we’ll miss her and all the fun she brought us over the years. Don’t be a stranger x Good luck and lots of love from us all x ... See MoreSee Less

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Good luck in your new job Tracey. We shall miss you so much. Please keep in touch! 😘 xxx

Thank you so much, for all the kindness everyone. I have loved working with such wonderful clients, staff, volunteers, carers and families and have so many happy memories. Keep in touch everyone, will miss you so much xxx

Will miss you Tracey.. all the very best of luck to you xx

Good luck Tracy thanks for all you do we will miss you xxxxx

Good Luck Tracey x you will be missed xxxx

Good luck Tracey , we will really miss you x

Good luck from the Sutherland family and thank you for all you have done for Alasdair 😊

Didn’t know you were leaving Tracey… 😥 Thanks for all your help when I’ve been at FP and good luck for the future! Xx

So many thank yous! Love from Bex

Good luck Tracey x

Good luck and contentment in your new adventures X ❤️😘

Good luck Tracey, you’ll be greatly missed! Xxxxxx

I’ll miss you so much Tracey x

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A big thank you to NTU Library staff for spending the day harvesting, weeding, digging over and planting dahlias. And smiling all the while! It’s so good to have visitors. You’re welcome back any time! The National Lottery Community Fund ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Team Brack' Library. Such useful work for flower Pod.

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