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National Growing for Wellbeing Week

National Growing for Wellbeing Week 2019

Gardening for good mental and physical health, June 3-9

I’ve always been a vocal advocate of gardening for wellbeing, as I know how much gardening helps my myriad of physical (Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, an undiagnosed balance condition and epilepsy) and mental health issues (stress, anxiety and a former depression sufferer).

It’s good to know that Life at No. 27’s founder Annabelle Padwick – find out more about her story here – has launched National Growing for Wellbeing Week, so we can all benefit.

The message of the week is that growing your own produce can do wonders for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

About one in four people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year.

Getting outdoors and gardening in the fresh air will obviously improve your physical health.

Mandy's garden
Getting lost in greenery and away from the stresses of life…

How gardening can help mental health

However, there’s strong evidence that gardening, especially growing your own, can lead to improved confidence, communication, concentration and self-belief.

School activity resource packs are available for teaching staff, with full how-to guides and National Curriculum details.

The packs contain eight fun and easy activities you can do in or out of the classroom, involving not just gardening but Maths, Science, Literary, PSHE and Art.

Email enquiries@lifeatno27.com to receive a free copy.

Get involved by sharing your favourite gardening photos, stories and thoughts throughout the week across social media, tagging @GYOWellbeingWk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then using the hashtag #GYOforWellbeing.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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