Gardening is Good for You!
14 . 01 . 21
“Being around plants helps people concentrate better in the home and workplace, and improves memory retention.” Texas A&M University
Research from around the world has confirmed something many gardeners already know – gardening really is good for you!
Both gardens and gardening bring benefits to our physical and mental health, from providing exercise and keeping us active and fit, to getting us outside and connecting with plants, soil, and the natural world around us.
Gardens are great places to relax, and just being in or looking out onto gardens and green spaces have been shown to relieve stress, improving wellbeing and creativity. By creating a beautiful garden outside your own back door you’ll have a personal sanctuary to step out into, and somewhere to grow healthy food, welcome in wildlife, and spend time with family and friends.
“Green spaces are important to mental health. Having access to green spaces can reduce health inequalities, improve well-being, and aid in the treatment of mental illness. Some analysis suggests that physical activity in a natural environment can help remedy mild depression and reduce physiological stress indicators.” World Health Organisation
Gardening is a creative, rewarding, and productive pastime, with opportunities to learn new skills, find out about exciting new plants, share ideas, and make new friends. All these have a positive and restorative effect on mental and physical health, keeping mind and body active, whatever your age.
Gardening could be described as the Natural Health Service, as doctors recognise the numerous benefits gardening brings without the need for costly therapies and drugs, with their unwelcome side effects.
For instance, eating well can start by growing your own organic homegrown crops – all part of the ‘5 a day’ we all need to provide nutrients, health-boosting vitamins and minerals, and essential phytochemicals that help protect our bodies against disease. Herbs not only add wonderful flavours to our home cooking and teas but bring many health benefits too.
“The mental health benefits of gardening are broad and diverse. Studies have shown significant reductions in depression and anxiety, improved social functioning and wide effects, including opportunities for vocational development.” The Kings Fund
Crops can be grown in even the smallest of spaces, providing the reward of picking fresh produce you’ve raised yourself. Combine these with colourful plants and fragrant flowers and any outdoor space will be transformed, giving you somewhere relaxing to sit or a vibrant space to socialise and entertain with family and friends.