Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare (JHCL) is a positive space for therapeutic gardening activities, supporting people with mental health wellbeing.
Adults may want to increase their employment prospects or simply find a new hobby. Enjoying time in the extraordinary gardens can be calming, stimulating, rewarding and educational. By participating in gardening, you can gain important life skills such as:
- Meeting new people and learning to work together
- Increase your horticultural knowledge and skills
- How to handle equipment safely and managing your time
It can also provide physical exercise which in turn can alleviate stress. Beyond the physical, there are many other health benefits to gardening:
- Development of social and intellectual skills, including those needed for social inclusion or rehabilitation
- Somewhere peaceful to escape to, helping restore a sense of balance and wellbeing
- A healthier diet – if you put the effort into growing fruit, herbs and vegetables you are more likely to reap the rewards and eat them.
It has been reported that some Doctors have referred patients suffering from depression to gardening schemes, rather than prescribing medication. Equally, much research has found links between volunteering and improved mental health. The following website may be of interest: www.ivr.org.uk
JHCL is a place in which the community come together to grow fruit and vegetables, work together on community projects or generally enjoy the peaceful, natural environment – whether you want to grow or work alongside others, or just have some time to yourself.
Friends In Need is a peer-support group, coordinated by Mind, who participate as a participating group on the group growing area.
Growing Your Wellbeing is a 6 week peer-support opportunity held on Saturdays, running in session blocks. Please contact Friends In Need for further details and dates.