It’s National Gardening Week from 30th April – 6th May, and what better reason to celebrate all the things that make being a gardener great? The connection between nature and our wellbeing is going to be a huge theme at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and we’re thrilled to see more and more of you starting to embrace the power of plants and flowers to boost mental and physical health.
So, in celebration of National Gardening Week, we’re pondering some of the ways in which gardening and time outdoors can help our bodies and minds.
Gardening keeps us active
For one thing, being an avid gardener, or even having a smaller outside space to tend to can help to keep us active. No matter what your age or your fitness level, stepping outside and getting to work in the garden regularly is a great way to get moving and work up a sweat.
Because you’re busy doing something productive and enjoyable, you won’t be counting the minutes on the stopwatch as you would if you were doing a more traditional workout, but we’re positive that getting busy in the garden burns those calories and keeps your joints moving.
Flowers and plants boost mental wellbeing
It’s not just the body that can benefit from those gardening sessions…there’s a strong connection between our mental wellbeing and spending time outside. The physical work associated with gardening is a great way to keep busy and occupy troubled minds and being in the fresh air with a purpose can be pretty therapeutic.
Whether you step outside after a long week to keep anxiety in check or you introduce gardening as part of a wider treatment plan for mental health challenges, it’s a good starting point.
Outside spaces keep us connected
And then there’s the social side of it all. From the allotment to the back garden, there’s a community spirit enjoyed by gardeners that can have a big impact on those who live alone or experience loneliness.
There are some fantastic projects and initiatives to get people gardening for their wider communities (we’ll blog about some of our favourites throughout the week), and there are plenty of ways for gardeners of all levels to join in and connect with others.
If you’ve got budding gardeners in the family, joining local events and projects is a fab way to inspire the kids to get involved. We all know that creating and caring for green spaces has undeniable ecological benefits, and it’s the perfect way to get your kids thinking about the environment while they have fun.