A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

Our annual Gardens and Health Week raises awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening.

In 2019 our Gardens and Health week runs from 11th – 19th May under the campaign title A Path to Health. Focussing on the importance of social prescribing and the role of gardening and gardens in helping to create a positive path to health, we have a host of inspiring stories about people whose lives have been transformed by their gardens, plus garden recommendations tailored to soothe your soul.

Discover more and join us on a path to health in 2019.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

A Path to Health

The National Garden Scheme launches Gardens and Health Week 2019.
The National Garden Scheme does more than open exceptional gardens to raise millions for nursing and health-related charities; it also champions the health benefits of gardens and funds garden and health-related projects that are supporting thousands of vulnerable people across the country.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

Surviving Cancer: The therapeutic power of gardens

Barbara Johnson is opening her glorious garden at Neasham Abbey near Darlington for the first time, not only to share her love of gardening but to celebrate Cancer Survivors Day too.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

Garden therapy in action

The Therapy Garden in Surrey is living proof that social prescribing can set young and old alike on a positive path to change. We visited to find out more.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

“I believe that the garden helped me continue to live my life”

When Nyla Abraham was struck down by a debilitating autoimmune disease she felt she had lost everything; dreams of her honeymoon and starting a family disappeared. But access to an outdoor space and plants to nurture helped aid her recovery and this year she is opening her garden at 70 Entry Hill to share the positive effects with others.

 

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

“The Growth Project is a sanctuary, it gives me the feeling of being wanted and valued.”

For people struggling with mental health, gardens can be a lifeline. Volunteers at one project in Rochdale are reaping the rewards of their hard work not only through the creation of rich, organic harvests but through a host of benefits that being outside and creating a special place bring.

 

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

Sharing her sanctuary

 

For Christine Lane, who lives with Parkinson’s, opening her garden for the National Garden Scheme is helping her focus on what she can do, rather than the things she can’t. The result is a beautiful sanctuary that makes Christine – and the people who visit – feel better.

Read Christine’s story

A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

Better than medicine – how gardens help grow your emotional and physical wellbeing

 

Visiting a garden, with a companion or otherwise, is a great form of social prescription – linking you to like-minded people in the presence of nature to nourish your soul. Counselling Directory helps us discover more about the benefits of gardens and gardening.

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A garden for Harriet

 

When Amanda Goode lost her daughter to cancer, and the much hoped for baby she was carrying, it was her garden that helped Amanda find respite from her grief and started her on a journey to recovery.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

For love and luck

Plants have long been prized for their perfume and their medicinal properties but few have been as revered as lavender and roses. Explore the rich history of these glorious plants and find your perfect scented garden this season.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

The joy of gardening for all abilities

 

A visit to Treloar School & College in Hampshire to join an outdoor lesson, gave the National Garden Scheme team the chance to see how much pleasure, and how many learning opportunities, simple garden activities can create.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

The National Garden Scheme commits funding to develop more ‘incredible sanctuaries’ at NHS Spinal Injury Centres

Our passion for gardens and for the benefits that gardens can have on physical and mental health are the drivers behind a new commitment from us to help Horatio’s Garden fund the completion of all eleven gardens at NHS spinal injury centres across the UK.

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

Gardens for wellbeing

Our research has shown that visiting gardens is both good for your mental and physical health. Reconnecting with nature, creating time for yourself to relax and reflect, enjoying a sense of community with like minded people have all been proven to improve our general health and all of these aspects can be found at our garden openings. Take a look at a selection to get you started.

 

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A Path to Health – Gardens and Health Week 2019

85% say garden visiting is good for the soul

New research conducted by the National Garden Scheme can reveal that visiting a private garden is good for the soul. Over 85% of our supporters report that being in a National Garden Scheme garden has a positive impact on their mental wellbeing and 8 out of 10 (80%) feel happier after visiting than before.

 

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