Gardens & Health Beneficiaries Announced
We were absolutely delighted to announce The National Autistic Society (NAS) as our Gardens & Health Beneficiary for 2017 earlier this year, which is a grant that aims to fund projects specifically looking at the link between gardens, health and wellbeing. Having launched the Gardens & Health Report with The King’s Fund last year, the health and wellbeing benefits of gardens and gardening is something we are extremely passionate about, and last year Horatio’s Garden became our first Gardens & Health Beneficiary. The NAS are using the grant to fund several projects across England & Wales, and today have announced where these projects are taking place! It’s amazing to see the breadth and variety of these plans, and we’re really excited to see how they progress over the year.
In Cambridge the Cambridge Branch of the NAS regularly meets at the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre which has a fantastic garden designed by Alan Gardner. The branch are aiming to encourage more members to enjoy the garden by starting a Gardening Club and installing a glasshouse for their group to be able to work in. This new club will offer members the chance to develop and learn new life skills whilst socialising and enjoying gardening activities.
The Denbighshire and Conwy NAS Branch is going to develop six individual allotments for families and a community garden for the whole branch. They hope this activity will bring health benefits for autistic children and their families helping them to increase the exercise they do and reduce their stress and anxiety. To supplement these benefits even further they will also be running classes around healthy eating, cooking and preserving foods. As some of the children from the group have to be home-schooled there will be a focus on learning opportunities all-round.
With projects announced also announced at NAS branches in North Northumberland, Herefordshire, West Norfolk, Plymouth, Redruth & District, Hull & East Riding, Bexhill & Hastings, Tavistock & District, Thurrock, Sutton, Cardiff & The Vale, Lambeth, Hoylands House and Milton Keynes it’s certainly going to be a busy year, and we’re really excited to see the fantastic work that the individual teams will do. A huge thank you to all of the branches of the NAS for the amazing photos, you can see more below. For more information on the individual projects, and our partnership with The National Autistic Society click here.