What is a Garden to Wellbeing programme?
A Garden to Wellbeing programme is a plan of seasonal gardening activities tailored to meet the needs of a client group or individual with specific support needs.
Activities could include building a raised bed, preparing and maintaining a plot, sowing seeds, potting on plants, making up hanging baskets and growing and harvesting vegetables. We think it’s really rewarding to cook with the produce you grow so we’ll share recipe ideas too!
Our activities aren’t limited to plants either and client gardeners love getting creative. Making bug hotels and bird feeders to engage with nature further are just some of the things we can include.
Programmes can have general wellbeing objectives, such as enhancing physical health to more clinically defined goals, such as improving fine motor skills in a patient recovering from a stroke. Many of our projects are designed to reduce social isolation and exclusion to help foster a sense of purpose and belonging.
You might work with disengaged young people and want a programme designed to increase their employment prospects by working on their communication skills and confidence. Perhaps you’re an occupational therapist who would like to access gardening resources for inspiration.
Most of our programmes are designed so that you can go on to run the sessions yourselves either within your own grounds or in a community setting such as an allotment, but we can continue to run them for you, depending on your location.
We’re also happy to design family programmes for people who have special educational needs and provide resources that can be enjoyed at home.
Our other services include individual therapeutic gardening sessions which you can book either as a one off or in a block.
Get in touch for a chat about how we can help.