Gardening for Wellbeing
Workshops and programs may be tailored specifically to the needs of clients.
This may include:
teachers and students
Social inclusion programs
Max 3 sessions per day
Evidence-based research demonstrates how gardening and nature-based horticulture practices improve health and wellbeing.
Being in Nature naturally releases endorphins, dopamine and other hormones which produce good feelings. This increases our sense of happiness and subjective well-being. Nature naturally promotes relaxation, can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, enhance immune system functioning, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.
Focusing on gardening as wellbeing may also can promote healthy eating, greater ecological consciousness, and deeper local, social and community connections.
Gardens and parks are often a source of exercise and relaxation and are a perfect place for education and community interaction.
Gardening groups can provide many additional health and wellbeing benefits including decreased social isolation and increased social inclusion. These styles of groups may blend people from different socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, age-groups and people with varying physical and mental health issues. Garden members from disadvantaged situations may be referred by partners and healthcare providers who realise that nature and social ties have a vital positive health effect. Community gardening also enables people feel a great sense of purpose in coming together with a shared vision, learning and developing skills, maintaining healthy behaviours and enjoying the increased social and physical activity through gardening horticulture activities.
Horticultural Therapy (HT) utilises structured plant-based activities for the purpose of healing, rehabilitation and wellbeing. These activities may be taken indoors and are tailored for the individual or group of participants.
Scientific evidence demonstrates nature, parks, gardens and gardening are good for our biopsycholosocial wellbeing (biological/physical, psychological/mental health and social health)
Gardening helping depression “94 percent of people taking part in a MIND survey commented that green exercise activities had benefited their mental health; and 100 percent of volunteers interviewed during an outdoor conservation project agreed that participation benefited their mental health, boosted self-esteem and improved confidence. Furthermore, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence asserts that for ‘patients with depression… structured and supervised exercise can be an effective intervention that has a clinically significant impact on depressive symptoms.”
A lot more evidence based research about the benefits of nature can be found HERE
Please see GREENSONG Facebook page posts for the most recent research, articles and reports. (You can search 'research')
Benefits specific for environment education and children are noted on our Environment Education page.
Join Greensong for a Nature-reconnecting experience or contact for tailored experiences.