Therapeutic horticulture based activities involved the use of gardening to improve physical and mental health, social communication skills and problem solving ability!
“We use community green spaces as a way to offer non-clinical, safe spaces to facilitate change and support people to meet new people, learn and share skills, and gain confidence to support independence.”
Using gardening tasks and the garden itself, our team work to improve green areas in the community, whilst driving social change by raising community pride and aspiration, with an underlying theme of supporting personal development – working with people to help them reach their chosen goals for healthier lifestyles.
Our latest project supports the development of green spaces within Waterlees, Wisbech, known locally as the ‘Friends of Waterlees’ group, with thanks to funding from Clarion Futures and is open for anyone to come along and join in, whether you are a keen gardener or looking to learn new skills.
Get involved in our gardening projects, or just drop in for a chat at Wisbech Community House every Friday 10am-12pm.
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening have been shown to include:
- Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility
- Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
- The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
- Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment
- Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the ‘great outdoors’
For more information click here to read a more detailed report; World Health Organisation (2017) Urban green space interventions and health: A review of impacts and effectiveness