Gardening on the NHS.

Matthew Wilson  created a garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show  that will have a new home at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of wight. 

Gardening has long been known to have therapeutic benefits.

Thrive is an organisation that encourages gardening for people with disabilities.

Kathleen Wolf at the College of the Environment , Washington University, found that  the experience of nature and green spaces ”   help to restore the mind from mental fatigue [and] provides calming and inspiring environments”.

Outdoor activities can “alleviate symptoms of depression and stress”.

Health professional have called for horticulture to be “prescribed”.

Others want gardening to be considered as treatment on the NHS.

Let us hope that all this leads to a drive to educate people into  the joy and benefits of getting outside and interacting with Nature.

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