National Growing for Wellbeing Week

The next Growing for Wellbeing Week will take place on the 1st – 7th June 2020. Set up by Life at No.27, the week is a celebration of the magic that growing your own produce can do for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and GYO in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief.

Gardening improves mental health, enables better physical health, provides an opportunity to connect with others, acquire new skills and enjoy the great outdoors.

After all, It’s not what you grow, it’s how YOU grow.

Please help us to raise awareness of the importance of supporting children and adult’s mental health during the week. Add the dates to your calendar, and download our free resources, soon to be linked below. For the latest news, sign up for email alerts.

FREE Resource Packs

The 2020 Growing for Wellbeing pack is now live and suitable for schools, nurseries, colleges, youth clubs, businesses and care homes. The pack contains really fun and easy makes you can do both in the class room, garden or office space.

The pack has been designed to be perfect for all teaching staff, with full how to guides and National Curriculum details. Getting creative whist linking to Maths, Science, Literary, PSHE and Art.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the pack in the post which includes a set of stickers, please send a £5 donation to Life at No.27 and email


We have two incredible competitions for you to enter:

Virtual Garden Design Show!

It’s time to design your dream garden! You can put pens and paint to paper or use a collection of natural materials to make a garden on a plate. We want to see your creativity and imagination run wild. There is no rules, other than we want to see your personality!

How to enter: All you have to do is upload a photo of your design with a minimum donation of £2.00. Get your entries in before 9am on Monday 15th June, with the winner announced that morning.

You can enter as an individual, group or organisation, plus there is no limit on how many entries you submit.

What you’ll win: The winner will receive an amazing bundle from Henchman worth £960!!

  • A pair of ARS secateurs – RRP £50
  • A wheelbarrow – RRP upto £295
  • A Tripod ladder – RRP upto £615

Judges will include Annabelle Padwick, the Founder of Life at No.27, Mark Lane, Garden Designer, Simon Griffiths, Garden Designer and Tom Kitching, MD at Henchman.

Growing for Wellbeing Photo Wall!

This is our 2nd competition of the week and your chance to win a £500 voucher for WoodblocX. So you can easily build your own raised beds at home, school or work, then get planting!

All you have to do is upload a photo of you completing one of the activities in the pack, to our special gallery wall and make a small donation to Life at No.27.

Judges will include Annabelle Padwick, the Founder of Life at No.27 and Martyn Griffiths, Founder of In Our Element.

Live chats

There will be daily live chats with incredible people, taking place on Instagram at 12pm throughout the week. Here is the timetable:

Monday – Mark Lane, Garden Designer, Thrive Ambassador and BBC Gardeners World Presenter

Tuesday – Nat Mady – Founder of Hackney Herbal

Wednesday – Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of The Well Gardened Mind

Thursday – Anna Greenland – Organic Grower and Gardener

Friday – To be revealed soon

Spotify Playlist

What are your favourite gardening and vegetable themed songs?

You can now listen to our funny, but brilliant favourites and upload your themed songs to our dedicated Spotify playlist! Download it to your phone and pop it on whilst gardening, walking or relaxing.

Take part on social!

We would love you to get involved by sharing your favourite gardening photos, stories and thoughts throughout the week across social media, tagging @GYOWellbeingWk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then using the hashtag #GYOforWellbeing.

Note to plant based independent businesses, nurseries, garden centres and retail brands – if you would like to join the campaign to raise awareness; whether through offering a discount code, running a STH based workshop or arranging a talk, please get in touch.

Huge thank you to our 2020 sponsors, Henchman! A fantastic team who provide specialist ladders and platforms so you can work safely at height in your garden without worry.