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Growing is good for you!

Growing is good for you!

The health benefits of gardening are manifold

These days, we are exposed to a multitude of articles and social media posts telling us how best to improve our wellbeing. From immune-boosting diets to sitting in an ice bath, suggestions abound on how we can feel happier and healthier. But did you know that there is a simple, accessible (and proven!) way to improve both your physical and mental health? Getting outdoors and doing some gardening has been shown to have an array of benefits.

  • We all know exercising is good for us, but did you know that 30 minutes of gardening is comparable to playing badminton or volleyball?  It is an all round exercise, helping with flexibility, muscle tone and dexterity.
  • Research studies have found gardening is associated with a significant reduction in anxiety and depression.
  • In fact, adding plants to bare front gardens improved wellbeing as much as 8 mindfulness sessions.
  • Simply having your hands in the soil can boost your mood.  There is a specific bacteria in soil, Mycobacterium yaccae, which triggers the release of serotonin and dopamine.
  • Gardening can help you connect with a community and learn new skills.  It has been shown to have positive effects on cognition.

To get these benefits, and many more besides, come along to our Growing for Wellbeing group on the first Wednesday of every month. This group is specifically designed for those who want to improve their physical or mental wellbeing through growing. There will be a chance to take part in gardening activities at a pace that suits you, and in a way that is sensitive to any particular needs you have. The group offers a great opportunity to learn new skills and connect with others from the local community. You can sign up on Eventbrite.  If you have any questions about the group, please contact Nicky.