Green Matters

Green Matters is a gardening project aimed at the vulnerable, elderly and disabled residents in Uttlesford, who have lost control of their gardens

These gardens will be fully or partially reclaimed during a visit from our team.  Our Gardener Mark Ropkins is helped by a number of volunteers to take back control of the garden, with the aim of improving local resident’s health and wellbeing, and to reduce the risk of trips and falls.

Our aims are:

  • to reduce loneliness and isolation;
  • increase a sense of connectedness to the local community;
  • to have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing in our community;

How it works

Once we receive a request for help, we arrange for our gardener Mark to come and meet with the garden owner. We’ll look at what needs to be done and agree with you the tasks that we are able to complete. We can provide up to 2 days of time at each property.

Our office team will then contact you with an appointment for the work to be done.

Funding allows us to work three days each week – normally on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Next Steps

If you know someone who would benefit from Green Matters then please get in touch:

Phone: 01371 878400


We are currently experiencing very high demand for this service. Lead time is around 6 to 8 weeks depending on the size of the job.