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 we will launch our first ever week dedicated to promoting the positive impact gardens can have on health and wellbeing. All of the gardens taking part will open 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.
The new initiative has been created in partnership with our beneficiary charities, who have all invited groups along to some of the open gardens. This has helped to make a key link between the topic of gardens for health and these beneficiary charities, for example Macmillan Cancer Support have partnered with the National Garden Scheme further this year to raise awareness of getting active in a garden.
These private openings will allow us to build upon our work with The King’s Fund in 2016, when the report Gardens and Health: Implications for Policy and Practice was released. This special week will demonstrate that access to a garden does indeed help to improve mental and physical wellbeing.
George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme has said “The idea for a Gardens and Health Week came from our NGS garden owners, many of them said how much they wanted to get involved more and help with finding ways to utilise gardens to benefit health. We’re excited to launch this inaugural week, the results of which we will be publicising this autumn.”
To read the report commissioned by the National Garden Scheme from The King’s Fund, follow the link below:
To enjoy a few more videos of the report launch, follow the link below: