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Health and social care professionals have an opportunity to get expert insights into how programmes involving gardens and nature can help people with mental health needs, disabilities and long-term health conditions.

Next month the Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network, of which Thrive is a member, is staging its first conference.

Among the speakers will be:

  • Intelligent Health CEO Dr William Bird, a GP and creator of the Green Gym, who will be talking about how nature can improve health and wellbeing.
  • Dr Aileen K Ho, an associate professor in psychology at Reading University, will be talking about the results of a recent study into the effects on wellbeing of walking in nature.
  • David Barton, a senior adviser at Natural England.

There’ll also be a panel discussion and question and answer session hosted by Thrive Ambassador Annabelle Padwick, founder of Life at No. 27, and a chance to hear from client gardeners about the impact of being in gardens and nature, including Carly Field who attends Thrive Reading.

The Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing is made up of Aut Angel, Berkshire Age UK, Green Health Thames Valley, Five A Day, Food4Families, Lavender Place Community Gardens, Museum of English Rural Life, Nature Nurture, Ridgeline Trust, TCV, and Thrive.

The conference is on Thursday 30th April from 3pm-5pm at the Museum of English Rural Life and is free to health, social and education professionals.

Book to attend

Sign-up to attend the Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network Conference 2020 - it's free.

Register here