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Gardening promotes mental and physical health

It is a proven fact that gardening is good for your mental and physical well being, this is especially important as we battle with the global pandemic COVID-19. We call on our government to recognise this fact and open our garden centres.

  • A regular dose of gardening can improve your health. Studies report a wide range of health outcomes, such as reductions in depression, anxiety, and body mass index, as well as increases in life satisfaction, quality of life, and sense of community. 
  • Gardening gives people a creative way to change their stress and frustration into something beautiful that offers comfort and joy. 
  • Reduced depression and anxiety result from ‘active horticulture’ (gardening), and emotional well-being and physical health are enhanced.
  • Health benefits associated with exposure to and use of green spaces include long term reductions in heart disease, cancer, musculoskeletal conditions, and also reduced levels of obesity and higher self-rated mental health
  • Gardens are important to support recovery from illness.
  • Gardening provides relief from ‘problem solving’ mental attention, shifting the mind to restorative, effortless attention.
  • Plants are more than just beautiful. Gardening has many benefits. The natural rhythms of a garden and of plants work as a counterpart against stress. There is silence and peace in the garden. A garden stimulates creativity and there is the satisfaction and pride in growing things.
  • Gardens and gardening can represent an intimate connection with life itself, giving purpose and meaning to the elderly.