Tapping the health benefits of horticulture.
As the mental and physical health benefits of gardens and gardening have been well-documented, we were delighted to hear the news that ‘Health and Reconnecting with Nature’ has just been confirmed as the theme for next year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
As some of you will know, this is an area very close to our heart. Derwen College, one of our partners, works with adults with Learning Difficulties using horticulture and land-based studies as a vehicle for delivering basic skills and learning, as well as a route to employment.
Our parent company, Sowing Success, has long worked in the field of ‘Social and Therapeutic Horticulture’ (STH) delivering programmes of psychotherapeutic intervention. These programmes are based on horticulture and gardening and help the social and emotional wellbeing of young people and adults with mental health support needs. STH aims to improve physical and mental health, practical and communication skills and develop independence and friendships all with a sense of achievement and worth so that individuals thrive.
We believe that horticultural therapy can be of huge benefit to many people in many different and difficult areas such as rehabilitation after trauma or illness, or coping with ongoing or degenerative conditions. It helps develop new skills through purposeful work, encourages physical activity, creates inclusive social interactions and engenders a sense of purpose and calm – which is very important when dealing with anxiety and stress – all of which build self-esteem and contribute to many aspects of recovery.
Our long-term vision is very much for the Willow Wand to help deliver such programmes which similarly improve health.
The Willow Wand: beautiful living art for your garden.
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