Community Wellbeing & Green Spaces

Around 87% of UK households have a garden and 40% of the population actively participate in gardening. As a result 80% reported better mental health, with 93% reporting improved confidence and motivation.

There is a large and growing body of evidence that shows that being outside, in nature and tending a garden gives a boost to mental health and physical wellbeing. Here a number of articles which explore aspects of the transformative effects of community green spaces.

Green Spaces, Gardening and Mental Health

Over the last year, many of us have rediscovered the importance of connecting with nature for our mental and physical wellbeing and during lockdowns, people across the world have found parks and gardens a source of calm and joy.

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Supporting Mental Health

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Jennifer Cordingley of ITV Borders filmed at the community garden in Ayton – where volunteers get time outside in nature to heal and grow.

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Community Wellbeing

The Scotsman agrees that, as well as offering useful hands-on training and the chance to get outside in the fresh air, community gardens provide a welcoming environment for people who may be isolated or struggling with mental health difficulties.

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Seasonal Affected Disorder

According to NHS Inform, SAD affects around 2 million people in the UK and if you’re one of them, you’re probably starting to feel the effects.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that often occurs in the autumn and winter. For most people the symptoms are mild, but some may feel depression, hopelessness, sadness, guilt, anxiety and apathy, overeating and weight gain.

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