Improving mental wellbeing through gardening

Last updated: 17 August, 2020

As part of National Allotments Week 2020 the St Helens Mind team welcomed me and Mike Vass from Co-op to help with some weeding, planting of strawberries and making a bug hotel at their local allotment.

The allotment site has evolved over many years and is now a well-tended site where volunteers and St Helens Mind members alike enjoy the space.

They not only grow and care for plants, they enjoy fresh air, exercise, good company and a peaceful, safe and welcoming haven. 

A report published by The King’s Fund has recognised that there are a variety of health benefits from gardening, including reducing depression, loneliness, anxiety, and stress. 

It’s an excellent way to get all-round exercise for improving strength, endurance and flexibility and can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other medical conditions. 

There are volunteers and members of all abilities and backgrounds at the allotment, and there are always opportunities to learn from more experienced gardeners or share knowledge as a group. 

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