The National Gardens Scheme commissioned the King’s Fund to write an independent report on the benefits of gardens and gardening on health. This brilliant and insightful report was written by David Buck. Link to website
The Alzheimer’s Society and TV gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, have produced a guide encouraging garden centres and nurseries across the UK to become dementia-friendly and sign up to their Forget Me Not campaign. See Alzheimer’s Society website
Medical practitioners in the UK are encouraged to recommend ‘green’ or ‘eco’ therapy to their patients to improve physical fitness and to restore psychological well being. (Bird, 2007)
Reading list of forgotten books...
1840’s classics gardening book and in honour of probably the first professional female gardener: Jane Loudon’s ‘Instructions in Gardening for Ladies’. Other books worth taking a look at are: ‘Gardening for Women’ Frances Wolseley; ‘Therapeutic Landscapes’ Claire Hickman.
UK Gardening Facts
Academic research has shown that plants and gardens help increase workplace productivity, mitigate the risks of flooding, and have health promoting benefits.
The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.– Vita Sackville West
Horticulture & veterans with PTSD
Easy horticultural activities can help to stabilise a hyper-aroused mind by acting as a distraction from flashbacks.