Gardens and health
The National Garden Scheme isn’t just about opening beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening.
So, in 2016, we commissioned the King’s Fund to produce a report on the topic and began an annual funding programme to support gardens and health-related projects run by charities.
In 2017, we also launched our annual Gardens and Health Week to continue raising awareness of the amazing impact gardens and gardening can have on physical and mental health.
The King’s Fund report
The King’s Fund report, Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice, was commissioned by the National Garden Scheme and published in 2016. The report aims to contribute to the understanding, assessment and development of the links between gardens, gardening and health.
Gardens and Health Week
The National Garden Scheme’s annual Gardens and Health Week is dedicated to promoting the positive impact gardens can have on physical and mental health.
Gardens and Health Week 2018 (18th – 24th August) raised awareness of the positive impact garden visiting can have on mental wellbeing.
Gardens and health projects
In 2018, the National Garden Scheme gave £296,000 of the total £3.1 million charitable donations to projects which promote the health benefits of gardens and gardening.