Cancer and stroke patients benefit from gardening


Thrive is helping people in Wandsworth to use gardening to keep healthy following a stroke and to help people who are living with, or beyond cancer.

Gardening is a gentle exercise in the fresh air which can build up strength and stamina, improve balance and mobility and enable people to feel better physically and mentally.

The Life After Stoke scheme starts on January 24 and is open to Wandsworth residents and those who have a Wandsworth GP.

Thrive’s 'living with or beyond cancer’ programme is also open to Wandsworth residents and those with a Wandsworth GP who have previously had cancer, are undergoing treatment or living with a cancer diagnosis.

Becs Baumber, manager at Thrive Battersea, said: "Our therapists are very experienced in delivering Social and Therapeutic Horticulture programmes to people with a range of medical conditions.

"Gardening is the tool we use to help people; you don’t need to be an expert or even have a huge interest in it, but it can have wonderful results.

"People gardening with us will benefit from feeling better thanks to exercise taken through gardening in a safe, secure and structured way.

"We will also show the benefits of healthy eating and why certain fruits and vegetables are deemed to lower cholesterol or have other health benefits such as increasing iron levels and reducing the risk of blood clotting.

"Minor changes in people’s eating habits can lead to major changes in your health and we expect to see an improvement in people’s physical and psychological health."

Both programmes are FREE to attend. If you or someone you know is interested, please get in touch on 020 7720 2212 or email