Gardening for good health in Gateshead


Thrive, the national charity that uses gardening as therapy to help people is running a free 'gardening for good health’ course in Saltwell Park this spring.

Funded by Gateshead Council’s Capacity Fund, the course is aimed at people looking to improve their fitness levels, change lifestyle and would like to know about growing good healthy food.

People who attend must live in the wards around Saltwell Park which are Bridges, Deckham, Lobley Hill & Bensham, Low Fell and Saltwell – but that’s the only criteria.

Working alongside Thrive, who are the experts in Social and Therapeutic horticulture in the UK, participants will learn gardening skills, find out in a relaxed way about healthy eating, improve fitness levels by walking around the park and gardening, and make new friends.

Chris Tait, Thrive Regional Manager at Gateshead, said: "The therapeutic value and general feeling of wellbeing that people get from gardening, growing food and the outdoor environment is now a proven therapy.

"People who come along don’t have to have any great interest in gardening, but they will be open to learning what is good to eat and why, and have a desire to improve their health and wellbeing.

"The course will allow people to connect with others, become more active and take notice of the outdoors by experiencing the joys of nature. People will learn new skills and find out about healthy eating which then instils confidence and self-esteem."

If you or someone you know would like to attend and live in one of the wards listed above or you are interested in volunteering to help promote and deliver the course,

 Please contact Chris Tait on 07585 957478 or email