Growing for Wellbeing Week 2021

Between 7th-13th June, we are joining with many organisations across the UK to raise awareness of Growing for Wellbeing Week 2021 – celebrating the physical and mental wellbeing benefits that gardening and growing your own produce can bring.

 This year, more than ever, due to the pressures and impact of the pandemic we are ever more aware of the effects on everyone’s mental health. Growing for Wellbeing Week campaign, founded by social enterprise Life at No.27, aims to demonstrate the power of gardening and its ability to “support anyone struggling with isolation, mental and physical ill health.”

 How gardening can improve our wellbeing?

The emotional benefits of gardening have been well researched and documented. Studies have found spending time gardening can help people through a period of difficulty in their lives, helping them restore balance and regain control.

 According to research sessions conducted by Thrive, 80% of participants reported better mental health because of gardening, with 93% saying they had improved their confidence and motivation.

Some of the benefits include:

 Exercise - The number of calories burnt from  is comparable to playing badminton, volleyball or practising yoga. Exercise will help your body release endorphins resulting in an increased mood.

Reduces stress & anxiety - Taking part in a physical activity such as gardening, allows us to distract our minds from everyday stressors and focus on the task at hand.

Between 7th-13th June, we are joining with many organisations across the UK to raise awareness of Growing for Wellbeing Week 2021 – celebrating the physical and mental wellbeing benefits that gardening and growing your own produce can bring.

Maintain independence and reduce cognitive decline - tending and caring for other living things has been shown to reduce the impact of aging.

Self-esteem boost - By growing produce and keeping plants healthy, our self-esteem and confidence will receive a well-deserved boost.

Control - When your usual routine comes to a halt, it can make us feel as though we have less control in our life than we thought. Organising a garden or veg patch will help you regain control in one area of your life, resulting in a sense of achievement.

Healthy Eating - growing your own produce will support eating fresh fruit and vegetables and is certainly a great way to introduce children to trying fruits, salads and vegetables. The flavours and colours will bring joy to your meals and the vitamin levels are always higher when its picked and eaten fresh.

How can you get involved?

Getting involved with Growing for Wellbeing Week is easy, just give it a grow!

Whether is in your garden, allotment, a pot on your doorstep, balcony, or sunny windowsill. Try growing salads like mixed lettuces, radish. A row of Chard for stir fries, salad or pasta dishes or edible flowers like Calendula or soft fruits like Strawberries. There are lots of hints and tips on the RHS website.

 You don’t need a garden to reap the wellbeing rewards of growing your own produce.

At Trentham we have opportunities for garden volunteers. Working alongside our gardeners there are opportunities to tend plants, manicure lawn edges or dead head the roses whilst enjoying nurturing plants and enjoying the wildlife in the gardens, many of our volunteers come on regular mornings and have made new friendships.

If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities at Trentham please contact enquiries@trentham.co.uk.