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Before the pandemic, having a garden was associated with better health and wellbeing, and this pattern has continued during COVID-19. With that in mind, here are five ways of using your garden that research suggests can improve your mental health. If you have access to an outdoor space and have been finding things difficult, you could try these out to boost your mood.
One year on from the release of the National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Coronavirus 2020 report, new research from The University of Surrey & Natural England builds on the growing evidence of the benefits of gardens during lockdown. Here, Dr Emma White, who led the report, explains what they found and looks at the similarities to the National Garden Scheme’s Findings.
The National Garden Scheme marked its annual Gardens & Health Week in May with the launch of comprehensive proof that gardens are good for you. Our interactive, digital booklet entitled The Little Yellow Book of Gardens and Health is packed with stories and case studies from garden owners, garden visitors and beneficiaries who have found solace and improved health and wellbeing by immersing themselves in nature.
At our annual lecture prominent psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Sue Stuart-Smith (pictured) reflected on the global pandemic and shared how gardening became fundamentally a hopeful act for millions in lockdown. But the power of gardens and gardening to do good is nothing new says Sue…
The National Garden Scheme, in collaboration with Hospice UK and ReScape, is trialling an exciting new garden reality with technology that can significantly reduce anxiety and pain in patients.
Our report illustrates 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. The report confirms that the power of gardens to do good has never been more important.
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 & 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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