I feel incredibly honoured and grateful to share this testimonial with you, written by a recent Life at No.27 allotment holder.... "In March 2022, I saw an advert on Facebook about Life at No.27 and to reach out if you felt you needed help with your mental health. I’d previously started DBT therapy but because … Continue reading Testimonial from a Life at No.27 Allotment Holder
Happy New Year everyone! We're back open after a much needed rest and are super excited for the growing season to start. Whilst we can stay open at our therapy sites, we are limiting our face to face services for January and would like to extend our support to those not nearby or would prefer … Continue reading Growing for Wellbeing online workshop – interested?!
Every day is World Mental Health Day to me, remembering my own journey and now helping to support others daily through my therapeutic gardening programmes. In these current times, more people than ever are feeling the effects of mental ill health. If you are noticing moments or long periods of anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts, … Continue reading World Mental Health Day – Check in and grow!
I loved recently writing this special blog for Collins4Parents, the education publishers, within HarperCollins. So much so that I thought, I would share it here too, especially as it's Mental Health Awareness Week. Helping kids find mindfulness at home through gardening Finding mindfulness can be tricky right now, even more so when the term ‘mindfulness’ … Continue reading Five ways that gardening can be good for children’s mental wellbeing.
Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health struggle. This statistic then increases in secondary school. This week (3 - 9th Feb) is Place2Be's #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek, a time to build understanding and help raise awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health. 1 in 8 children and young people have a … Continue reading Children’s Mental Health Week – Thoughts, Facts and Tips!
IF YOU NEED HELP NOW, PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM IMMEDIATELY! Today is World Mental Health Day! A day to purposely smile at a stranger, say hi to someone in the coffee queue or at the school gate, hug a friend and send a card. The day to open up conversations! As someone who has … Continue reading How to get help and help others now!! – World Mental Health Day
Every day evidence is mounting as to how truly wonderful gardening and growing your own produce can be for your physical and mental health.A recent study conducted by Bakker Spalding has found that 88% of people find that mental wellbeing is a key benefit for spending time in the garden. Government is finally beginning to … Continue reading Growing for Wellbeing – Case Study – Alice
I don't think gardening and wellbeing have ever been spoken about more than in this year, a breakthrough in it self. We needed the change and I really hope that this openness, as well as the prominent article that came out in The Times on Sunday are signs that it is on the way. Tablets, … Continue reading Are we about to get a breakthrough with Prescribed Gardening?!
Before 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to share my initial thoughts and immense pride of the #MyRealView Campaign I launched back in November. If you missed the original post you can read it here. We now live in a world of filters and editing software galore, where we can make anything look practically 'perfect' … Continue reading #MyRealView Campaign – So far…
After plenty of thunder and rain yesterday, what a beautiful day we have had here in Oxfordshire. Glorious sunshine with a slight chill in the air, my perfect type of weather and one of the many reasons I love Autumn. As long as I remember Autumn has been my favourite season of the year, filled with … Continue reading Conkers and Pumpkins
No.27 is more than just an allotment to me, it is my second home, my retreat, my hideaway and most importantly the only place where my mind goes blank, my stress levels calm and my anxiety disappears. 6 years ago I suffered terribly from anxiety, so much so that I couldn't leave the front door on my … Continue reading Allotments; the new prescription remedy