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A new report from the National Garden Scheme emphasises the vital role that gardens and outdoor spaces played – and continue to play – in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the nation during lockdown. Bringing together feedback from garden owners, viewers of their unique Virtual Garden Visits that aired throughout lockdown, and an online survey conducted in August, the National Garden Scheme report confirms that the power of gardens to do good has never been more important.
Garden owner Dave Darwent talks about the power of opening his garden to his mental wellbeing.
Gardens and Health Week is being led by gardening broadcaster and National Garden Scheme Ambassador, Rachel de Thame. In her introduction to the week, filmed in her garden, Rachel speaks about the crucial role her garden played during 2018 and 2019 when she was diagnosed with and underwent treatment for breast cancer.
“My garden became a lifeline, it was a place of escape… but above all it offered me a sense of promise for the future, that glimmer of optimism kept me going through treatment.”
Award-winning landscape designer Dan Pearson leads us through the gardens he has designed for Maggie’s, creating places for recuperation and support.
As part of our Gardens and Health programme we offer free garden visits for the service users linked to our beneficiary charities. Offering a few hours respite in a beautiful garden with a cup of tea, a piece of cake and good company really can help lift the spirits.
For Christine Lane, who lives with Parkinson’s, opening her garden for the National Garden Scheme is helping her focus on what she can do, rather than the things she can’t. The result is a beautiful sanctuary that makes Christine – and the people who visit – feel better.
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