After a long, hard winter, we want to help you enjoy all that gardening and nature can offer for health and wellbeing this spring.

With our journey of wellbeing activities, we’ll show you simple but effective ways to boost your physical and mental health by gardening or spending time connecting with green spaces.

Spread over a month, we’re offering a variety of daily activities to make you feel good, whatever your age, state of health or abilities, whether you have a garden, patio, balcony or just a windowsill.

With a mix of practical, passive, creative, gardening, nature, indoor and outdoor activities, we have something for everyone’s wellbeing and health this spring.

It’s simple to take part!

Download the calendar to print it out or if you're using a phone or tablet, tap and hold the image below to save it to your device. If you're on a desktop or laptop, right-click to save. You can listen to the read-out loud version here.

Spring forward with Thrive calendar
Wellbeing activity calendar

Many of the activities can be done in less than 15 minutes and those at the weekend can be given a bit more time.

Don’t worry if you can’t do everything - use the calendar as a guide to fit around the time you have and your lifestyle. You can swap days or repeat activities that you've found enjoyable too.

You can also find our guides for some of the more detailed activities in the calendar (helping you plan and source any materials you might need), along with many other ideas to connect with gardens and nature.

Activity guides

Find the step by step information and articles mentioned on the calendar here

Find out more

Each activity on our calendar connects to the five ways to well-being promoted by the NHS:

  • Be active
  • Connect with other people
  • Give
  • Learn new skills
  • Take notice

We look deeper at the restorative power of gardens and nature on our '5 ways to wellbeing using gardens & nature' page.

We hope you enjoy the wellbeing activities!

If you need more urgent support for your mental health and wellbeing, please access the NHS mental health resources or contact your GP.

We know how good gardening is for our health and want more people to find out too - if you think a family member or friend would benefit from the wellbeing calendar, please share this page or one of our social posts with the calendar activities with them.

We'd love to hear if the activities are helping you and which ones make you feel good so please share with us how you're getting on using #SpringForward and tagging Thrive on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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