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Thrive are launching a new app to support even more people through gardening and time in nature. Register your interest in joining the Cultivating Wellbeing pilot to get four months free access.
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At Thrive, we know first-hand how gardening and time in nature can bring a range of benefits.

We are delighted to be able to expand our support with a new digital service, our Cultivating Wellbeing app.

How it works

Our new ‘Cultivating Wellbeing’ app, developed in partnership with Big Lemon, will allow individuals to develop their own gardening and nature-based plan.

At the heart of the app is an interactive personal calendar, along with tailored suggestions for different activities to try. Users will have the ability to record their efforts through notes and photos.

By creating and taking ownership of their own plan, we hope the app will help users embed healthier behaviours and in turn improve their health and wellbeing.

Join the pilot

We are looking for up to 200 people to help us test the app. You will be able to enjoy four months free access as well as supporting the success of this project.

If you are interested in taking part, please fill in the registration form below.

We have detailed FAQs at the end of this article. Please do read these before signing up. If you have any other questions, you can contact us via info@thrive.org.uk

With thanks

The development of the app has been made possible thanks to a generous grant funding award. We are also continuing to explore extra sources of funding that will allow the app to be accessed by as many people as possible who could benefit from it.

Who can take part in the pilot?

We are looking for up to 200 people to participate. In particular, we would like to hear from:

  • Anyone who has taken part in an in-person therapeutic gardening programme, whether for a few days or several weeks or months
  • Anyone who would like to improve their health and wellbeing, particularly mental wellbeing
  • Health professionals who may be interested in referring people to this app

Is there anyone it is not suitable for?

This app is not specifically designed for children.

If you are experiencing severe physical or mental health symptoms, please consult with a GP or health professional first.

While the advice in this app includes ways you can adapt gardening to make it easier to do, it does not contain specific medical advice tailored to particular health conditions. You may want to consult with healthcare professional.

What do I need to take part?

You will need to own a smartphone. The app works on both iOS and Android operating systems.

You do not need a big garden, or even a garden at all. A patio, balcony, or even windowsill inside will allow you to take part in activities.

Do I need to be an experienced gardener?

No, not at all. This app is suitable for everyone from novice gardeners through to experienced gardeners.

How much time am I expected to spend testing the app?

We are looking for people to use the app over a period of 12 weeks or more. If you find during the pilot you no longer have time or need to drop out, that is also ok.

We are working with an external research partner, the University of Essex, to scientifically validate how the app is working. You will be asked if you are willing to take part in these surveys at around 1 and 12 weeks. These surveys are anonymous - see below for more on data privacy.

As part of the app, you will be able to indicate when you have free time each week. That could be one day a week or several days. We know there are wellbeing benefits for anything up to two hours per week spent in gardens and nature. If you can only spend 20 minutes a week in the garden or in nature, that is absolutely fine.

How do I know my data and privacy is safe?

We will be asking for the minimum of information to use the app. It is being developed to rigorous data and privacy standards. Your data will not be shared with any 3rd parties or used for any other marketing purposes. See our privacy policy for further details.

If you register to use the app, your data will be processed under the lawful basis of legitimate interest.

The surveys conducted by the University of Essex will be hosted externally and will be anonymous. You can decline to take part in any survey.

What happens next?

If you are interested to take part, please register your interest using the form higher up on this page. We will contact you with detailed instructions before the pilot begins.

When does the pilot start?

The pilot is planned to run from early July until September 2024.