Gardens and health

Gardens and health

The amazing, positive effect that gardens can have on health is a point of research and promotion that we are passionate about.

During August 2017, we launched our first ever week dedicated to promoting the positive impact gardens can have on health and wellbeing. All of the gardens taking part opened free of charge for a small, private group of people who would not usually get the opportunity to enjoy a garden, or for whom garden visiting is not always possible, either because of health or social reasons.

Gardens and Health Week came from our National Garden Scheme garden owners. Many of them said how much they wanted to get involved and help find ways to utilise gardens to benefit health. We held our first gardens and health week in 2017 and are planning our second one now, to be held on the 18th – 24th August, 2018. Sign up below to be the first to receive news on our gardens and health events.

As part of our inaugural Gardens and Health week our beneficiary, Hospice UK, organised a gardening workshop with the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. This video shows the joy and therapy gardening can provide for people who otherwise might not have access to a garden.

Watch more videos here

In 2017 we also commissioned a report from The King’s Fund to highlight the health benefits of gardens. You can read that report here.

Read the full report here

And, if you need more convincing of how important gardens can be for our health, take a look at our top five benefits of gardening.

Read about the benefits here 

If you would like to hear more about our Gardens and Heath activities in 2018 and receive tips on how gardening can help keep you healthy then sign up for our new newsletter.

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