We have teamed up with The National Autistic Society as our new partner for the National Garden Scheme’s Gardening and Wellbeing Grant.
Our partnership will look at bringing the benefits of gardens to autistic people and their families through their network of branches across England and Wales. Check back on this page later in the year to see how we’re getting on with our new partnership.
Autism is a spectrum condition.
All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.
Alan Gardner, Channel 4’s ‘The Autistic Gardner’ and Cultural Ambassador for The National Autistic Society said;
“Horticulture has so much to offer autistic people like me. Working or spending time outside in the tranquil setting of a garden can help to reduce the high anxiety levels which many of us struggle to cope with. The sights and natural smells of a garden can engage our senses without overwhelming us.
“Working closely with young autistic trainees on The Autistic Gardener series showed me how gardening projects can promote team work and boost the confidence of autistic people, who frequently suffer from very low self-esteem.”
The aim of our partnership is to help spread the message about the impact of gardening and gardens on health and wellbeing, and to highlight the invaluable work that both charities do.