What's body image got to do with gardening, allotments and growing your own? Quite a lot in my view! Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 takes place this week, Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week – Body Image
I feel like since I found out my Nanny B had roughly 6 months left to live at the beginning of the year, I have definitely bought more plants than ever. Maybe this is just coincidence or it's the time of year, but I do feel like it is my way coping amongst a time … Continue reading Bringing new life to sad times
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
Nearly everyone I know loves tomatoes, especially when they are homegrown and eaten straight off the vine midway through an afternoon of weeding or pruning on the plot. Are you the same? The first cherry tomatoes of the season always feel and taste like bon-bons from the corner shop to me – but this particular … Continue reading Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – Sow, Grow and Eat
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There have been many times in 2018 where I have had to pinch myself, feeling super lucky but also remembering that a lot of hard work sits behind each of those moments. So what better way to finish 2018 than with a huge bang - a total pinch me moment and dream come true announcement. … Continue reading Chiltern Seeds Partnership!
It's hard to sit and comprehend how much my life has changed during year 3 of Life at No.27. It's baffling for me personally, let alone trying to explain it to you or anyone else. In case you didn't know, on Saturday, 27th October, Life at No.27 turned 3 years old. Happy Birthday to me … Continue reading Happy 3rd Birthday!
We all know I live and breathe driving for change - for the power of gardening to be truly recognised both by industry, government and medical professionals as a therapy option. Which is why...I am beyond delighted to share that I will delivering two seminar talks to the gardening industry, both garden centre chains and … Continue reading It’s nearly time to step on the Glee stage!
I said in my last blog post all around Prescribed Gardening, that I had some very exciting news to share soon and I am finally able to share it with you all now... I am beyond delighted and truly honoured to announce that I have been appointed as an Ambassador for Thrive, the incredible charity … Continue reading Appointed as an official Thrive Ambassador!
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?!
Well hello there strangers... apparently it has been 4 weeks since my last blog, but it feels like forever! June 2018 was a huge month to remember for me in so many ways. Three weeks ago I lived my dream at BBC Gardeners' World Live - which is exactly what I am finally going to … Continue reading BBC GW LIVE 2018 – Time To Reflect
You will remember in my recent blog post about the Garden Press Event, I highlighted an amazing social enterprise called Hackney Herbal - who promote wellbeing by connecting people with herbs and through creative activities. Well, last Mother's Day which now seems so long ago but wasn't really - I went to visit Nat, the … Continue reading Hackney Herbal
Well the sun finally arrived for a day - on a Saturday with no plans too! Whoop Whoop! It may of only been one day of delight in amongst showers a plenty right now, but I was sure to make the most of it and get up to my happy place - my Eden and … Continue reading Come rain or shine…it’s Allotment Time!
I suddenly had this feeling come over me this week that some of you may think "so you go to all these wonderful places but where is the actual gardening?!" I do actually do gardening...I promise! I couldn't be without my own tranquil place outdoors that I can make mine, aka my allotment. The weather … Continue reading I do actually do gardening…promise.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting the staff, clients and gardens at Thrive's Beech Hill Centre, near Reading in Berkshire. For those who haven't heard of Thrive, they are a truly inspirational charity who change lives through the power of gardening and they will forever have a place very close to my heart. … Continue reading Thrive – Changing Lives through Gardening