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New report on benefits of gardening and mental health

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 report further reinforces the benefits of gardening in contributing to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression and suggests that green care interventions can provide an increasingly important and cost-effective way of supporting mental health.services.  This supports the Growing Health's call for the NHS to commission more food growing projects as a way to improve patient and puiblic health outcomes. 

The full report can be read on the Natural England website.

Published 16 Feb 2016

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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