The National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Health week is an annual event aiming to raise awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening throughout the year.
Speaking on behalf of the charity, CEO George Plumptre said “Championing the health benefits of gardens has been at the heart of our ethos since 1927”, which is also something Horatio’s Garden has been equally passionate about since our beginning in 2012.
The National Garden Scheme’s brand new campaign, ‘A Path to Health’, is running between 11th-19th May with an emphasis on the importance of social prescribing and the role of gardens in helping to lead people on a positive path to health.
Both our own research and the National Garden Scheme’s reflect how valuable gardens are in improving people’s mental and physical wellbeing. The chance to spend time both reflecting and reconnecting with nature, as well as being able to enjoy beautiful spaces in the company of friends and family really does have an enormously positive impact.
This has been recognised by NHS England, as they now include gardening as one of the important elements of social prescribing, a key component of the their comprehensive model of personalised care. According to NHS England, 2.5 million people will benefit from social prescribing by 2024, so the powers of gardens are likely to be realised by many more of us in the coming years.
This undoubtedly makes the work of both Horatio’s Garden and the National Garden Scheme even more vital to people throughout the UK.
As many of you will already know, the Scheme recently committed to supporting Horatio’s Garden for the next ten years, and has previously donated a total of £255,000 to our garden projects in both Stoke Mandeville and Oswestry. We are very proud to be recognised and supported by this brilliant organisation, and our partnership reflects the synergy between the two charities supporting patients facing difficult times.
Both we and the National Garden Scheme encourage you to share your uplifting gardening stories throughout the week with #apathtohealth and we look forward to hearing many of them.