Defence Gardens Scheme (DGS) works in partnership with veterans’ charities, military units, community mental health service providers and gardening projects to develop, deliver and evaluate nature-based therapy across the UK.
It is a ten-week, evidence based, horticultural programme that runs for one day a week, for four hours per day. On hand is a horticultural expert and a horticultural therapist. All sessions cover a balance of practical gardening skills and physical, cognitive, social, and emotional, therapeutic outcomes.
Entrepreneurs Unlocked was commissioned by DGS in 2021 to develop and provide the Defender to Entrepreneur (DTE) programme. This is a programme of remote support to military veterans across the UK, who are in the process of setting up their own businesses with the purpose of providing support services, training, and employment opportunities.