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Events and conferences

Gardening for Health – a recipe for success

Growing Health and Sustainable Food Cities, 12th March 2018

This webinar was organised by Growing Health and Sustainable Food Cities explored the key success factors from food growing projects that have been commissioned by a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or Public Health to deliver health outcomes.

Discover what are the success factors and common themes from projects. What are the advantages of partnership working? What opportunities does social prescribing offer and how can you be commission ready?


Action Planning Workshop: How can we best deliver health and wellbeing through food growing / healthy eating in Greater Manchester?

Monday 26th February @ Bridge 5 Mill, 22A Beswick Street, Manchester, M4 7HR

Growing Health – gardening for wellbeing

Tuesday 6th December 2016 @ Sustain, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT

A conference for healthcare professionals, health commissioners and gardening projects by Growing Health.

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  • Maria Devereaux, Project Officer, Growing Health
  • Tony Li, Senior Project Officer, MIND
  • Dale Cranshaw, Director, Growing Support
  • Jim Sikorski, Chair Sydenham Garden and GP
  • John Haseler, Mental Health Programme Manager and Karin Barthel, Joint Commissioning Manager Dementia and MHOA, Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group and London Borough of Lewisham
  • Jess Crocker, Harvest Manager, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
  • Kathryn Rossiter, CEO, Thrive
  • Margi Lennartsson, Associate, Garden Organic
  • Louise Scott, Associate Director, Ecorys UK Limited and Veronica Barry, Birmingham University, formerly of Growing Opportunities, Ideal for All
  • Jess Crocker, Harvest Manager, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership

Growing in the Community - a natural part of the health service

Tuesday 27th October 2015 @ The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT

A conference for healthcare professionals, health commissioners and gardening projects by Growing Health.

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  • Chair – Dr Rachael Bragg, Development Coordinator, Care Farming UK and Researcher in Green Care
  • Dr Margi Lennartsson – Growing Health (Garden Organic) Project Manager - Growing Health
  • Damien Newman, Thrive Training & Education Co-ordinator – The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and quality standards
  • Annette James, Head of Children and Young People’s Health Improvement - Public Health, Liverpool City Council - Growing wellbeing together
  • Clare Olver, Programme Manager, Nature for Health,  The Mersey Forest Team -Developing consortia to deliver a commissioned service
  • Rachel Summerscales, Hulme Community Garden Centre, Paul Courtney, Professor of Social Economy, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucester – Developing an evaluation tool for Hulme Community Garden Centre, the story so far
  • Squash Nutrition – Grassroots and Greenshoots video 
  • Ann-Marie Hutton, The Rotunda – Gardens for personal growth
  • Annie Merry, Faiths for Change – Growing food changing lives
  • Lucy Antal, Sustainable Food City Liverpool Coordinator, Liverpool Food People - Sustaining the city through Growing
  • Maria Devereaux, Sydenham Garden – A commissioned project promoting mental health recovery


Prescribing Gardening - Making green care a natural part of the health service

Phoenix High School, The Curve, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 0RQ
Wednesday 27th May 2015, 11am - 4.30pm

A conference for healthcare professionals by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association and Growing Health supported by The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

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How can we get community food growing ‘prescribed’ by the NHS or funded by public health?

Sustainable Food Cities webinar with Growing Health
A free webinar for community food growing projects
Tuesday 24th March 2015, 2.00 – 3.30pm

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Growing for Health: Community food growing - a natural part of the health service

13th November 2014
Coexist, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY.

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Introduction to Growing Health

Routes to commissioning  
Clinical Commissioning Groups and Public Health

Community growing for health - commissioned projects

Building partnerships

Measuring outcomes and impact

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Growing for Health: Community food growing - a natural part of the health service

Wednesday 2 April 2014
The London Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

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Growing Health intro - Dr Margi Lennartsson, Growing Health, Garden Organic 

Community growing for health – commissioned projects

Routes to commissioning – approaching Clinical Commissioning Groups and Public Health

Building partnerships or consortia to help get commissioned

Measuring outcomes and impact

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Green Care, White Care

Monday 18 November 2013
Royal College of Physicians, London

‘Gardening and Growing for Health’ Seminar

Gardening, growing food and programmes of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) can positively influence health and well-being. The five key benefits are:

  • Better physical health – a form of exercise in rehabilitation and rebuilding strength
  • Improvements in psychological health – gardening has a positive impact on our  mental health  
  • Social benefits – research suggests greater social contact leads to feeling healthier
  • Qualifications and skills – increased chance of employment
  • Access to the natural environment – gardening allows us to connect with nature   

Thrive Patron and President of the Royal College of Physicians Sir Richard Thompson believes that STH should be considered an important part of health and social care, comparable to any other care application.

“Gardening as a physical activity has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of anxiety, depression and dementia” (Growth Point, (2012) Issue 127, Summer 2012)

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Download the flyer and programme with booking information as a PDF


Growing Health: How can gardening and food growing be used to promote health?

Date: 7 October 2013
Venue: Venue: 5 St Philips Place, Birmingham, B3 2PW.

This seminar was organised by Learning for Public Health West Midlands, in partnership with Growing Health, a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain, and Ideal for All.

The health, wellbeing and social benefits of gardening, horticulture therapy and food growing are now increasingly recognised and documented. Across the UK there is a growing movement to bring gardening and food growing into core activities of public health, general health and social care. Emerging garden based programmes now engage groups of diverse ages and backgrounds and provide opportunities for physical and therapeutic activity, reduction of social isolation and skills development. Food growing can provide improved awareness of healthy eating, cooking skills, both through access to fresh, local fruit and vegetables, and link strongly to food strategy and obesity prevention. A wide range of people are involved in such programmes including those with mental health problems, physical impairment, people with long term conditions, learning difficulties or those in recovery and rehabilitation. Work also focuses on promoting the health of the general population including schools and families. This training day brings an opportunity to find out in more depth about how food growing and gardening can be used across both health, social care, and food policy to deliver a range of objectives, whilst meeting core strategic aims. 

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Growing Health: Growing Health is a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain, which is funded by the Tudor Trust, to see how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing for a range of individuals and population groups.

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