Gardening: How it can benefit both us and the environment!
While the weather permits us there is no excuse not to get out in the garden, however, this still leaves some of us wondering what the benefits really are?
The truth is that the benefits of gardening really are endless and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Gardening comes in many forms; from working on your own garden, to growing vegetables at school, to tending flower beds in your community. So what are the benefits? Here we list six major benefits to consider.
In an age where mental health is such a prominent issue, gardening is a great way to help improve it. On a basic level, being outdoors and within nature is proven to lift your mood while being able to see, or even eat, the fruits of your labour creates pride and can also boost self-esteem.
Gardening has even been shown to help people suffering from depression and post traumatic stress disorder and research shows that just looking at plants can lower blood pressure and have a calming effect.
Reduces Feeling of Isolation
The charity Thrive says that gardening helps the mental health of those with illness and disability as it creates interactions and reduces feelings of isolation. Keeping your mind busy by concentrating on carefully planting seeds or trying to solve problems in the garden is also a great way to maintain a healthy brain.
Earlier this year we saw first-hand how time spent outside in a natural environment can be enormously beneficial to children and families who spend time in hospices. By helping to create the Kaleidoscope Garden at Oxford’s Helen & Douglas House, we provided a fully accessible outdoor space which provides shelter from the elements as well as a fun and reflective place to spend precious time with the family.
Gardening requires physical effort and although a leisurely pace can be adopted, it’s a great way to combine something you enjoy with physical exercise. A few hours in the garden over the weekend can go a long way to keeping your heart and body healthy.
There are many ways that gardening has a positive impact on the environment we live in and several ways which we can make sure that what we are doing in the garden has a positive effect on the environment. For example, maintaining gardens, both in our homes and the communities, prevents the spread of invasive species which can be detrimental to the ecosystem. Equally, collecting rainwater to use on our plants, instead of using the tap, saves water and protects the environment.
Gardening with wildlife in mind both benefits wildlife and brings a theme and purpose to your garden. Planting species of plants which attract bees and butterflies, or maintaining a pond for birds to drink from, not only helps in their conservation but also makes your garden a more interesting and diverse environment for you to enjoy.
The info-graphic provided here by Organic Lesson shows just a few more of the many benefits that gardening can have. Whether you’re a well-practised gardener or have no experience, why not get out in the garden and see how it could benefit you?
If you don’t know where to start or feel your garden is just too much to take on, then get in touch and we can give you advice on how you can make your garden more accessible and easier to enjoy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01491 280447.