A Path to Health – Gardens and Health

Our Gardens and Health programme raises awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening.

Our Gardens and Health programme focuses on the important role of gardening and gardens in helping to create a positive path to health. In 2019 we brought together a host of inspiring gardens and stories about people whose lives have been transformed by their gardens which you can read below.

In 2020 the campaign officially launches with Gardens and Health week on May 9th but we will be championing gardens as places of solace, recuperation and relaxation throughout the year.

To be the first to hear more on this topic email joanne@ngs.org.uk and ask to be added to our Gardens and Health mailing list.

Visit a garden: ‘It’s a renewal of yourself’

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.

More than a hobby, gardening is good for the mind and body too

Garden owner Joe Shannon was delighted when Mind was named as a National Garden Scheme beneficiary. Having suffered from mental health issues and volunteered at his local Mind shop for several years, he felt inspired to share his story about how gardening, and opening the garden he shares with his partner Alex, helps him cope with his mental illness.

Sharing her sanctuary

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.

Better than medicine - how gardens help grow your emotional and physical wellbeing

Visiting a garden, with a companion or otherwise, is a great form of social prescription – linking you to like-minded people in the presence of nature to nourish your soul. Counselling Directory helps us discover more about the benefits of gardens and gardening.

A garden for Harriet

When Amanda Goode lost her daughter to cancer, and the much hoped for baby she was carrying, it was her garden that helped Amanda find respite from her grief and started her on a journey to recovery.

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Our donations for 2019

Donor 1 £185,000
Donor 2 £130,000
Donor 3 £100,000
Donor 4 £75,000
Donor 5 £85,000
Donor 6 £85,000
Donor 7 £206,208
Donor 8 £500,000
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Donor 10 £400,000
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Donor 12 £250,000