Date: 14th March
Residents from Harbour Housing have been going to the Eden Project this month to take part in its social and therapeutic horticulture sessions at the Vounder Training Garden.
Joined by Eden’s Horticultural Therapists, residents have been gaining new skills during the sessions and have been learning to grow flowers, fruit, and vegetables in the training garden.
Alongside this, there is also the opportunity for residents to pursue a Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society, meaning they can gain a qualification and up-skill from the visits.
The positive impact that gardening has on wellbeing and mental health is being researched, with one study from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) reporting that regular gardening can reduce stress and improve wellbeing, leading the RHS to encourage the public to get a regular dose of ‘Vitamin G.’
Alongside Vitamin G, gardening sessions can be a source of great exercise, helping to build strength and improve physical health.
All these wonderful factors mean that heading to Eden’s training garden is a fantastic way for residents to boost their wellbeing, confidence and mental health, all whilst getting their hands dirty and learning new skills.
Tom Pritchard, Harbour’s Volunteering and Activities Coordinator, has also been attending the sessions: “Going to Eden is brilliant for the residents! They’re getting involved with plants and nature and really getting stuck in as a team in a new environment.
“Being in such a lush open space is so good for wellbeing and mental health; plus, a good dose of sunshine and fresh air is a hugely beneficial for everyone.
“It’s also a great space for a bit of mindfulness and reflection when you’re up there as it’s so peaceful and quiet – I think it’s a wonderful initiative.”
A big thanks to Eden for having us!