Partners and Stakeholders

TWIGS works with a number of partners and stakeholders to further common goals.

This video is about our stakeholders:

Several of these partners can be found on the same site and attend the main Open Days. Here is some more information about our partners:

DASH

DASH is an independent local charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life of adults of working age with Aspergers and other high functioning Autistic Spectrum Conditions living in Swindon. DASH stands for Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness.

The Haven

The Haven has been developed by FAB (wildFlowers And Butterflies) as a one-acre wildflower nursery, located adjacent to the TWIGS site since 1997. FAB’s vision is: “To turn Swindon into the butterfly capital of Europe” by establishing wildflower habitats in urban areas. The Haven provides locally-sourced plants and seeds for free distribution to individuals and local groups and is open to the public when the TWIGS Gardens are open. For further information or help to create wildflowers habitats, contact John Ball on 01793 877261 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Olive Tree Cafe

The cafe in the Manor Garden Centre is open from 10 to 3 on Mondays to Saturdays and from 11 to 3 on Sundays. Breakfasts, snacks and light lunches are served in a warm, inviting atmosphere surrounded by contemporary art. Tempting menus can be found on their website.

Swindon and District Beekeepers Association

Swindon and District Beekeepers Association strives to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to represent the interests of beekeepers in the local area. They keep beehives on the TWIGS site where the bees benefit from the pollen of the Gardens and the Haven while pollinating the plants in return. They are also on facebook .

Wildflower Nursery

The Wildflower Nursery is another social enterprise – defined as a business with a social mission – set up by DASH in 2008. The 'business' is the production and sale of wildflowers; and the social mission is the delivery of volunteering opportunities for adults with Aspergers.

The nursery produces about 30 varieties of wild flowers from seed and seedlings provided by our on-site neighbour and partner – FAB (Wild Flowers and Butterflies). It has already provided plants for many community open spaces in Swindon as well as individual customers. The nursery is open (on the TWIGS site) on Wednesday morning between 10:00 - 12:00 March to October and shares TWIGS Open Days in April and June where it sells direct to the public. More information can be found on the DASH website.

Visitor Comments

A wonderful place , leaving us with so many rich memories – trees , flowers , water , bees , leaves , so much meaning – created so beautifully