This weekly email is designed to make gardening accessible and enjoyable for everyone, with easy to follow, simple step-by-step instructions and pictures that will guide you through any gardening activity, even if it’s your first time picking up a fork, spade or trowel!
It includes activities for children, tips to help garden if you have a disability or long-term health condition, and plenty of information about how gardening can keep you healthy and feeling well.
And if you don’t have your own garden to enjoy, we’ll show you ways you can still access the benefits of connecting with nature.
Some of the feelings many of us are experiencing during the current time [coronavirus pandemic] are anxiety and loneliness. With safety restrictions and social distancing measures continuing for the foreseeable future, connecting with our loved ones, friends and family has become somewhat different; taking part in our usual activity, whether that be work, exercise or hobbies may also be different or on hold. We know that for people who are ‘shielding’ either themselves or caring for a family member due to age or underlying health conditions that this time can be particularly difficult, frustrating and perhaps lonely, so being able to spend time outdoors, whatever the size & shape of your garden or balcony, and learning some new and inventive ways to garden will only have a positive effect on your wellbeing.
Keeping active, spending time in a garden and nature are all proven to have positive effects on physical and mental wellbeing and can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. At Thrive, we understand how gardening can bring about profound positive change and can help people and those they care for through periods of difficulty. Gardening can help you get back on top of things and restore balance, it can make you feel happier, more confident and healthier - age, ill-health or disability should not be barriers to your enjoyment. Using our 40 years of experience, we will provide you with the support you need to enjoy the benefits of spending time gardening and in nature.
For families, this is a great resource to encourage children and young people to get growing and planting and be able to do something fun together perhaps as a family. Gardening promotes healthy living, self-esteem and confidence and can inspire children and young people to be creative by capturing their interest with the different colours, smells and tastes the garden, and flower, fruit & veg growing, has to offer. With many people continuing to work from home, schools not quite back to their full capacity, and an increasing concern for the mental wellbeing of children and young people during these times of uncertainty, Thrive’s Gardening Club offers lots of activities to keep you all busy, entertained and healthy.
We very much look forward to sharing our knowledge and tips to support you and your families, and we hope that you will share your experiences with us and other members of the Gardening Club.
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