Bridewell is a mental health recovery service. We provide social & therapeutic horticulture in a working walled garden for adults living in Oxfordshire. Our goal is to help people into jobs or voluntary roles in the wider community.  

A day at Bridewell means working alongside others in the garden and vineyard, and since we have no electricity and use organic practices, everyone has to really get stuck in.  Being at Bridewell gives people meaningful experiences and a sense of achievement and this, coupled with individual recovery plans and support from our trained practitioners is why Bridewell works.  We are very good at helping people overcome barriers and move on to a more active life.

"Without Bridewell, I don’t know where we’d be"



Bridewell opened in 1994 when the Cecil Family at Wilcote House offered us use of their walled garden. At just over an acre and built in the 1880s, the garden had, like many others, fallen into disrepair after WW1 and part of our work has involved rebuilding and restoring this beautiful space. Today the garden is an unexpected Cotswold gem brimming with creative planting, a fruit cage, raised vegetable beds, ponds and a knot garden.  In 2000 we leased five acres of adjoining land to plant an organic vineyard.  Our award-winning sparkling wine is an important source of income for us. 

Since we opened we’ve supported hundreds of people through recovery. We have a small team of paid staff-practitioners and a large group of volunteers, without whom we couldn’t operate.

"My time spent at the garden, I believe, was the overriding factor to recovery, to which end I am eternally grateful"



The Walled Garden

T: 01993 864530 (Office)
01993 868313 (Garden)


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