Gardening to help stroke survivors and those living with cancer

28/02/2017

Thrive in Battersea Park, is helping people to use gardening to keep healthy following a stroke and to help people who are living with, or beyond cancer.

Gardening is a gentle exercise in the fresh air which can build up strength and stamina, improve balance and mobility and enable people to feel better physically and mentally.

The charity’s next Life After Stoke gardening programme starts on Tuesday March 7th for 12 weeks from 1:30pm to 5:30pm at Holy Trinity Church in Upper Tooting. It is open to Wandsworth residents and those who have a Wandsworth GP, carers are welcome too!  

Gardening is the tool Thrive use to help people; you don’t need to be an expert or even have a huge interest in it, but it can have wonderful results.

People gardening with Thrive’s trained horticultural therapists will benefit from feeling better thanks to exercise taken through gardening in a safe, secure and structured way.

For stroke survivors, it can help build strength and improve mobility. The social side of gardening in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere encourages good conversations and can lead to improved self-esteem and build confidence.

Thrive horticultural therapist Tim Reynolds visited Pauls Cancer Support Centre recently and will be delivering a gardening programme for people living with or beyond cancer.

Participants will visit Thrive in the park for five weeks to enjoy a guided walk in the outdoors and see the new bulbs sprouting.

Tim said: "Being immersed in nature in the centre of London and seeing the signs of spring can have a powerful, uplifting effect on people."

Both programmes are FREE to attend. If you or someone you know is interested, please get in touch on 020 7720 2212 or email ellen.swygart@thrive.org.uk.