National Gardening Week is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening. Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the celebration aims to raise awareness of the positive impact gardening can make to the lives of everyone in the UK. This year's theme, ‘Sowing the Seeds of Friendship’ hopes to tackle loneliness by bringing people together through horticulture.
More than 50% of people in Britain have said to experience feelings of loneliness, but a further 53% of adults enjoy being surrounded by greenery, stating it boosts their mood. Integrating our gardens and outdoor spaces into our daily life, can be a simple and positive way to relax and boost feelings of happiness.
Although gardening is comparable to other forms of exercise such as badminton, volleyball and yoga, the benefits of being in the garden run much deeper than physical benefits. The mental health benefits of gardening are proven to be extensive. So much so, that healthcare providers now prescribe gardening as a preventative mechanism for mental health disorders as well as for rehabilitation.
We want to encourage people to get outdoors and use their garden as a space to boost mental wellbeing. During these challenging times, where we are prevented from work, the outdoors and spending time with loved ones, we believe it is more important than ever to utilise the space you have in the most positive ways. If you are lucky enough to have a garden at home, we encourage you to try something new and spend time in your space, now and when life resumes as normal.
For those who don’t have a garden, you can find community groups, who have gardens and allotments. Volunteer at them, invite others, meet new people, learn new skills. You can even find groups and resources online during this pandemic. You can search for a local group through the RHS website.
You can go on a virtual garden visit through the National Garden Scheme, a fantastic way to stay connected... Check out the video below!
How you can get involved:
- Planting and growing your own produce. (check out QuickCrop Blog Here)
- Community groups (online groups too) or local clubs. (use the GOV.UK support group and community group finder here)
- Volunteer at gardens and nature reserves. (take a look at The Wildlife Trusts Nature Reserve finder here)
- Share with others - share your knowledge, photos, produce and progress.
- Check up on others - for a chat, visit them (after Covid-19), call them, send a parcel, help tackle loneliness.
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