Activities in community gardens are good for wellbeing, physical and mental health and can help reduce isolation and increase happiness.
Health professionals and support workers can contact us for information and advice about community garden activities.
Helping people get involved
Many projects have an open access policy. Other specialist gardens offer more tailored services – such as support for people with additional needs or therapeutic activities for those with learning disabilities or those with experience of homelessness, mental health issues, abuse and addiction issues. Anyone can search our project directory for an activity that suits them.
If you are working with anyone with additional support needs, we can give you information about which projects might be suitable.
Benefits of gardening
People often tell us gardening and getting outdoors has improved their mental wellbeing and stress levels. Some say it helped them to lose weight or exercise more. Those involved at community gardens often enjoy the chance to meet new people and gain skills, or even try new foods.
Gardening has become part of my overall recovery. I feel calmer, less aggressive and it sets me up to have a good rest of the day. I use it to relax and enjoy myself and it’s like breath of fresh air.
Dave, community garden participant
Referrers' Guide - Gardening
A guide for professionals interested in referring their clients to community gardening activities.