The therapeutic and social benefits of horticulture/gardening to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills, is well known.
Gardening is a wonderfully flexible activity that can transform lives and Earth sees first-hand how gardening can help everyone, regardless of age or ability.
Earth’s location is a safe and friendly place to develop someone's ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent.
Using gardening tasks and the garden itself, Earth's staff build a set of activities for each Service User to improve their particular needs and to work on goals they want to achieve.
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening include:
- Better physical health through exercise
- Improved feeling of wellbeing through a sense of purpose and achievement
- The opportunity to socialise with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
- Acquiring new skills to enhance independence