Evidence & research & the theory of social and therapeutic horticulture

This section has a range of publications which give authoritative and comprehensive information on the research and theory of social and therapeutic horticulture.

The subjects covered include:

  •  the use of social and therapeutic horticulture in difference settings and with different client groups
  • a group of reports published by Thrive as part of the Growing Together study, a partnership between Thrive and Loughborough University which was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. 

Horticulture in Secure Settings
This report, commissioned by Thrive, reviews international literature and highlights the findings of a survey of horticultural programmes operating in prisons and secure psychiatric facilities within the UK.

Guide to Promoting Social Inclusion through gardening and Horticulture
This guide looks at the ways in which social and therapeutic horticulture projects can help foster independence, build self-esteem and confidence, and provide training and employment opportunities for people with health and social problems.

Health, well-being & Social Inclusion: Therapeutic Horticulture in the UK
This report presents the findings of Growing Together, the first detailed study of horticulture and gardening projects across the UK. It demonstrates the range of outcomes for vulnerable groups, including those with learning difficulties and mental health problems.

Evidence, messages and learning
This publication explores how gardening can help young people with dementia.

GrowthPoint membership
Growth Point is Thrive's online journal which focuses on using social and therapeutic horticulture and working with disabled people. It is available when you join Thrive membership and the price is a joining fee.

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