"It’s not what you grow, it’s how YOU grow.”
As it's Wellbeing Week, we thought it'd be useful to discuss an interesting way you can start taking part by working on your garden and embracing the summer weather. This annual event was started by gardening therapy organisation Life at No.27 who were founded in 2019 with the sole aim of empowering people and encouraging emotional and social growth in individuals struggling with their mental or physical health.
Life at No.27 is a social enterprise focused on helping support people with anxiety, low confidence or special educational needs through the power of gardening. The therapeutic value of gardening is significant, as it helps build a greater connection with nature, improves confidence and enables better exercise for those struggling to get out of the house.
Approximate figures for the UK show that 1 in 4 people will experience difficulties with mental health each year. This is an alarming statistic given the greater pressures on the NHS, so organisations such as Life at No.27 help to provide an outlet for support and guidance for those who may not have easy access to these currently crowded services.
Aiming to encourage community and collaboration with others, gardening is a great way to start interacting with others with a new hobby. If you know someone who you think would like to get involved, please share this resource pack to help them with a detailed guide on how to get started.
Pictured below is Healthbox director Simon's garden, where he's been growing vegetables. Sharing photos of your own plants like this inspires others to pick up a trowel and get involved, while also helping newcomers with planning their garden set ups.
Join the conversation online about gardening to increase awareness for wellbeing week. You can tag @GYOWellbeingWk with your garden on Facebook then using the hashtag #GYOforWellbeing to start sharing and discovering others gardening creations.
To read other news on health and wellbeing, world events or tasty Tuesday recipes, consider visiting our blog. If you’re interested in signing up to one of our wellness workshops, please visit The Bubble. For Healthbox news, projects and information about us, visit our website.