The best benefit of gardening? Mental health improvement
The benefits of gardening are seemingly endless, both mentally and physically. Not only can planting bulbs, digging trenches and pruning roses vastly improve your physical health, but it can also improve mental health too.
A recent study conducted by Bakker Spalding has found that 88% of people find that mental wellbeing is a key benefit for spending time in the garden.
Kathryn Rossiter, CEO of Thrive, one of the UK’s leading charities in disability and gardening says that “as well as the strong therapeutic value of gardening it can help people connect with others, reducing feelings of isolation. It makes us more active, gaining both physical and mental health benefits.”
Elaine Kennedy Thompson, who has been a keen gardener for over 40 years, is helped considerably by spending time in the outdoors. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and has bouts of depression, however has cited gardening as great help she says “Gardening gives me a great opportunity to get outside. With my depression in particular, any boost is a good thing”
Thrive, a charity which aims to help people suffering with mental health issues or disabilities was established in 1978, and insists on using gardening to bring about positive changes to the lives of people who live with disabilities or ill health.
They have several centres where Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) takes place – Battersea Park, London, Saltwell Park, Gateshead and King’s Heath Park, Birmingham.
So perhaps rather than staying inside reading a book, or perhaps watching television this winter, you should get your hands dirty – the perfect antidote to the rather stressful world we live in today.