Vounder Garden is a pilot horticultural therapy programme run by the Eden Project based in Cornwall. It uses horticulture and gardening to provide weekly sessions over a period of 12 months to support 12 individuals living with anxiety and depression.
A new study into the effects of different activities on stress levels has been undertaken by BBC’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor. The BBC2 Programme, which aired on 1st November 2017 found that Green Gym participants reported higher levels of well-being and lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
An independent evaluation of the health benefits of volunteering with the Wildlife Trusts, by researchers at The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex has found that the mental wellbeing of participants improved to a statistically significant effect over a 12-week period.
A therapeutic horticulture project at North Manchester General Hospital and in local community gardens to provide activities to aid recovery from mental ill health.
The latest Briefing Paper from the Food Research Collaboration shares ideas on how to make use of the arts both to discover what people want from the food system, and to engage them in processes of change.
A new report by The King’s Fund has called for the NHS and health and wellbeing boards "to make more of the diverse health benefits of gardening in support of their priorities".
A guide for evaluating health and wellbeing outcomes for community growing programmes written by Growing Health was launched at a London workshop on 23 March 2016.
A guide for evaluating health and wellbeing outcomes for community growing programmes
A new study that reviews the benefits and outcomes of approaches to green care for mental ill-health has been published by Natural England.
The series of Growing Health case studies provide examples of projects which use food growing in the community to provide health benefit. This study focuses on Mental health and dementia.
Supported placements for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people who are in transition, excluded or recovering from mental health problems, and young people in and leaving care.
The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a not-for-profit organisation that works on all aspects of food. They run a range of community-based projects that cover cooking, healthy eating, weight management, food growing and reducing food waste, whilst also taking a citywide strategic and lobbying role.
Growing Support works with older people and people with dementia, mostly living in residential care.
The Lincolnshire Master Gardener Programme supports local people and communities to grow their own food at home, on their allotment or on other communal land with priority given to people living in the most deprived areas.
In the lead up to the conference Prescribing Gardening - making green care a natural part of the health service’, Growing Health was the lead story in the Daily Express on the 16th April 2015.
The Plant a Seed - Grow Well project supports health professionals working in residential and other community care settings across North West London. It provides them with the knowledge and confidence to develop therapeutic gardening projects within their own setting.
Sustain project 'Growing Health' has found that a growing number of GPs and healthcare professionals are ‘prescribing’ gardening to improve health outcomes for their patients. The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and food growing are increasingly being recognised, leading to a rise in the number of projects being commissioned by The NHS and public health. The project has been reported by The Express, Channel 5 and the Belfast Telegraph.
A growing number of GPs and healthcare professionals are ‘prescribing’ gardening to improve health outcomes for their patients. The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and food growing are increasingly being recognised, leading to a rise in the number of projects being commissioned by The NHS and public health, the Growing Health project has found.
Gardening for Health (G4H) aims to reduce local inequalities in health and wellbeing by encouraging food growing and healthy eating.
This is a pilot project which will run for 15 months (April 2014 - July 2015) employing the equivalent of two full time Community Gardening Coordinators.
Food4families is a community based food-growing project for local residents sponsored by Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC). It aims to enable people to grow and cook food, while encouraging healthier eating and lifestyle habits.
Growing Well provides local people with mental health problems an opportunity to get involved in a supportive and inclusive farm-based community.
The project targets people of all ages and backgrounds from Sandwell, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group area, as well as the wider Black Country and Birmingham can take part in the programme.
This study reviews the extensive scientific literature showing the benefits of gardening and community food growing for both physical and mental health. It presents a compelling case for action by health professionals and the NHS; local authority planners and Government planning policy specialists to create, protect and promote gardening and community food growing.
Community food growing can improve fitness and healthy eating, alleviate symptoms of mental illness, and help cancer sufferers cope with treatment. The study's authors want health professionals to put community food growing 'on prescription'.
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