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.
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 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.
Our Gardens and Health week in 2019 will run from 11th – 19th May. Discover more about social prescribing along with some inspiring stories about people whose lives has been transformed by their gardens and gardening.
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 2019 runs from 11th – 19th May. Discover more about how gardens and gardening can be a path to a healthier lifestyle.
Gardens and health projects
In 2019, the National Garden Scheme gave £245,000 of the total £3 million charitable donations to gardens and health-related projects run by charities including Treloar’s, Horatio’s Garden and KIDS.
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.