Madeleine Smith
Madeleine qualified as a medical doctor in 2006 and as a GP in 2015. She then joined Thrive's Board of Trustees in 2021.

Always looking for new ways to help her patients feel healthier and get more out of life, she undertook a postgraduate diploma in lifestyle medicine, and during this, stumbled across the concept of ecotherapy, and more specifically social and therapeutic horticulture. Learning more about the benefits of plants on people resonated strongly with her due to her own lifelong fascination with gardening and the natural world.

It was whilst looking for advice about setting up a gardening project for patients in her local area that she became aware of the work of Thrive, and she is looking forward to supporting them to spread the message about the benefits of therapeutic horticulture far and wide!