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A new report published by the National Garden Scheme, confirms the important health benefits that visiting a garden in the darkest days of winter can provide. With research conducted across National Garden Scheme gardens that open in both the winter and the summer, our survey respondents felt that winter is the perfect time to observe the emergence of new growth, be surrounded by nature and to enjoy a sense of hope as spring returns.
Killicomaine residents used a Community Garden Grant to create a safe and welcoming community space & outdoor kitchen.
Homerton University Hospital applied for a Community Garden Grant to create a green hub for patients, staff and the community.
A number of our garden owners have generously shared their stories about the powerful effects that gardening can have in helping to manage Parkinson’s. We are hugely grateful to the team at Parkinson’s UK for helping to share these inspiring stories with a wider audience through the creation of some powerful and thought-provoking short films like this one filmed in Hampshire this summer.
A cancer diagnosis changed Lara Honnor’s life. Deciding that cancer had messed with the wrong girl she bought a puppy and turned to nature and horticulture and now opens two gardens for the National Garden Scheme, Skool Beanz Childrens’ Allotment and The Kitchen Garden in Martock Workspace both in Somerset.
National Garden Scheme funding of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides support to soldiers, veterans and their families through a variety of projects including promoting physical and mental wellbeing through the green environment, horticultural therapy and training.
Dr John Butcher, teaching fellow in Neuroscience at Aston University and garden opener for the National Garden Scheme shares his expert view on the health benefits of gardens and gardening.
Each year the National Garden Scheme celebrates all that’s good about gardens and encourages everyone to embrace the positivity of green spaces as part of our annual Gardens and Health Week. Open our interactive, Little Yellow Book of Gardens and Health and discover the benefits to your health and wellbeing – and to nature – that gardens, gardening and green spaces bring with stories told through our garden owners, beneficiaries and health experts.
The Growing Space Garden in Gwent is run by volunteers who gain a sense of community, happiness and pride through gardening. And on 2 July they open their gates to National Garden Scheme visitors.
The gloriously scented and colourful combination of lavender and roses are cornerstones of many English gardens. Revered for their fragrance, both plants have ancient origins and medicinal properties.
Royal Trinity Hospice is one of many that open their garden for the National Garden Scheme each year, sharing the peace and tranquility of their very special spaces. This lovely film illustrates the value that gardens can bring to everyone.
Our 2022 interactive, digital booklet The Little Yellow Book of Gardens and Health, is packed with stories and case studies from our Ambassadors, garden owners, garden visitors and beneficiaries illustrating just how good gardens are for your health.
The National Garden Scheme has been opening gardens to raise funds for nursing and health charities since 1927. More recently, as part of the Gardens And Health initiative, garden owners have hosted visits from service users and staff of those charities that benefit from annual donations.
Horatio’s Garden is one of the National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Health beneficiaries. Supported since 2015 we have donated over £400,000 and this year the charity is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Here’s their story.
Four garden owners with Parkinson’s, who open for the National Garden Scheme, attribute the physical act of gardening as an important part of managing their symptoms.
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, piece of cake and good company really can help lift the spirits.
Before the pandemic, having a garden was associated with better health and wellbeing, with that in mind, here are five ways of using your garden that research suggests can improve your mental health.
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.
The National Garden Scheme is working in partnership with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) to promote a wider understanding of the importance of wetlands, water and wet spaces in nature and in our gardens for the health of the environment and our own well-being.
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