We explore how taking time to 'be' can improve our mental and physical health.
We were recently honoured to be featured by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO), in their Mental Health Blog. Annabelle, our Founder was interviewed by PAVO, where she shared part of the history behind Life at No.27 and the work we now offer in the county of Powys, Wales. You can read the full interview … Continue reading Powys Mental Health Blog
I am honoured to share that next week I have been invited to advise the House of Lords Horticultural Sector Committee on the current landscape surrounding horticulture and mental health. Advising alongside me will be a Professor of Change in Agriculture from Cranfield University and the Head of Natural Environment at the National Academy of … Continue reading Annabelle to advise the House of Lords
Can't actually believe I'm writing this... on Tuesday this week, 28th February, the Prince and Princess of Wales came to visit our upcoming therapy allotment site and launch the collaboration between their charity; the Royal Foundation and Life at No.27. The Royal Highnesses and their charity have chosen to partner with us and help us to … Continue reading Prince and Princess of Wales visit upcoming site
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
BIG NEWS! We applied for the Aviva Community Fund and have been accepted! Which means we now have a Crowdfunding Page! CROWDFUNDING PAGE - DONATE The aim is to raise enough funds to launch a new therapy garden and programmes in South Wales. We are raising money to set up a new therapy garden, where we … Continue reading AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND – NEW THERAPY GARDEN
The new dates are set for Growing for Wellbeing Week 2023 (5th - 11th June) and we will be releasing a new resource pack this year, which I'm so excited about! It will be full of new gardening activities, mindfulness exercises, wellbeing tips and of course the national curriculum links Over the years the demand … Continue reading RESOURCE PACK – YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE
Hiya! This is more of a life update, than a plant or garden update, hence the title. But hopefully it will explain why itself. My lifeLife is pretty crazy right now, firstly I get married in less than two weeks!! Just last month I successfully finished and passed my Level 3 Counselling course which I … Continue reading Life Update – August 2022
I'm beyond excited to finally (I've been thinking about it for years!!) launch the Growing for Wellbeing Podcast! Designed for gardeners, those seeking mental health support, students of horticultural therapy, trained therapists and medical practitioners. Welcome and I hope you enjoy the trailer, which will tell you more about what's to come! Episode 1 coming … Continue reading Growing for Wellbeing Podcast – Trailer
I'm delighted to be teaming up with Barton Art in Nature and the Barton GP Surgery, Oxfordshire, to launch 'Growing Together' a new 12 week wellbeing gardening programme at the newly built Barton Wellbeing Garden.Connecting men in the community who are struggling with their mental health and coming together to chat and grow 💚 Places … Continue reading Growing Together – Oxfordshire 12 week programme
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?!
When you step outside for your daily exercise or to do your essential shopping, how many spring bulb shoots can you see popping up through the soil? Slow down your pace and allow your eyes to look around. Daffodils? Snowdrops? All getting ready to bloom and show their beautiful flowers! These bulbs will have been … Continue reading New shoots
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!
As some of you may know, 'Why do people obey?' was my chosen question and topic for my final psychology assignment with Oxford University. Over on Instagram whilst I was still writing the piece, I asked your thoughts on the question and also asked if you would like to read the full final piece when … Continue reading Why do people obey?
Hi! Writing a blog on here feels weird now and I don't know why, perhaps it is because what I would usually be putting on here is now going on social media, in my email newsletter and/or in Kitchen Garden magazine, so it means I don't want to duplicate things in case of annoying you. … Continue reading Hi in July!