Gardening for good health


Thrive has re-started two of its most successful gardening programmes which help people living with a condition and people who are stroke survivors. 

We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the British Lung Foundation to deliver a 12-week gardening programme designed for people living with a lung condition both in Beech Hill, Berkshire and in Birmingham. 

And at our Battersea centre we have just started another Life After Stroke programme. 

Both programmes are free to attend. 
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. 

For stroke survivors, structured gardening with a Thrive horticultural therapist, can also stimulate cognitive development and memory, relax muscles and most importantly help people have fun and make friends in a wonderful environment.

The sessions are tailormade to fit with people’s individual objectives and abilities. Attendees can be referred by a medical professional, a family member, friend, or self-referred. 

Thrive horticultural therapist Fanny Vein, said: "Gardening is the tool Thrive uses 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.

"Being immersed in nature in the centre of London and seeing the signs of spring moving into can have a powerful, uplifting effect on people."

For people living with a lung condition gardening is something that we discovered many of them thought they were either unable to do or were nervous about doing because of their condition. 

However, our horticultural therapists showed tips and techniques to enable people to carry on with gardening tasks whilst living with their condition. 

And it’s testament to how well the programme was received that two of the participant have stayed on with Thrive and become volunteers.