Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare (JHCL) is a positive space for therapeutic gardening activities, helping vulnerable people recover from drug or alcohol addiction.
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 knowledge and skills
- How to handle equipment safely and managing you 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 toeat them and reap the rewards.
When recovering from addictions it can be very useful to find new hobbies to occupy your time. One of the most trusted providers of recovery services in the Thames Valley have found this to be the case, with their members spending time at the Landshare on a weekly basis as part of their recovery programs, engaged in activities such as growing fruit and vegetables whilst working with mentors.
Gardening is highly beneficial to those in addiction recovery whilst helping to put life into perspective. In fact it has been proven that time in nature can also lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and reduce stress. The aspect of conversation with others alongside the activities has been of great benefit to the member’s currently working onsite.
You can volunteer on your own or with friends, individual or an organisation interested in the services above, please and have great fun in the process.