Therapeutic and Healing Landscape Design Videos

Bit of a delay between postings but I am back it and came across this video playlist from the Therapeutic and Healing Landscape Design website.

The playlist includes videos from Chicago Botanic Garden, Healing Gardens at The Cheri Amore Garden of Hope, Illinois and the Henry Ford Hospital.

http://wn.com/therapeutic_and_*healing_landscape_design*

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RHS Britain in Bloom – “Edible Britain”.

The RHS, in collaboration with Mr Fothergills Seeds is giving away 30,000 packets of seed to community gardening groups (of which there are estimated to be 2,000) to plant edible patches in public spaces as part of ‘Britain in Bloom 2013’.

More information can be found on the The Potting Shed blog: http://www.thepottingsheduk.co.uk/thousands-of-communities-to-create-edible-britain.php

Garden Forever

Gardening for people of all ages, abilities and lifestyles. If I could have but one wish it would be to garden forever”.

No bells and whistles here but an array of useful information. Advice about enabling gardens, sensory gardens, gardens for kids and AIDS awareness gardens amongst other things.

A bit of a gem, enjoy:

http://www.gardenforever.com/

Research Champions Gardening for High Cholesterol

A piece that I discovered on the Thrive website about recently released research from Brazil and America which promotes the prescribing of gardening as an appropriate treatment for people with high cholesterol levels.

You can read the full article here: http://www.thrive.org.uk/news/news/news-288.aspx

BTCV (or TCV) Green Gyms Under Threat?

Today I attended a meeting with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, or The Conversation Volunteers (TCV) as they are now known (I still haven’t looked into the purpose of the re-branding) about their ‘Green Gym’ projects.

The idea behind the Green Gym is that you work on a TCV project for exercise and improve the environment at the same time. It is about being physically active and contributing to your local environment. In my experience of the Green Gyms local to Wakefield – Eastmoor, Lupset and Hemsworth, they offer much more than this. A place to be, people to be with, a role and healthy eating to name a few.

I am under the impression, but not quite sure why, that the funding for the Green Gym projects runs out in April 2013. I might be wrong, I hope I am.

In the current financial climate often many vulnerable people do not having the funding to access paid day services, so places like the Green Gym, which do not charge directly are invaluable to people. What we need is more like this, rather than less. Did someone mention “Big Society”?

I believe they are in a consultation process with services and service users at the moment as to how to take the project forward so I encourage you, if you have had any involvement or suggestions to get in contact with them.

Here’s hoping they continue as they are a much needed and valued.

The Conservation Volunteers: http://www.tcv.org.uk

Green Gym: http://www.tcv.org.uk/greengym

Find a Green Gym near you: http://www.tcv.org.uk/greengym/find-green-gym

Gardening Leave

Interesting article on the Guardian website about urban farms and community gardens and the health benefits they bring. The author suggests people taking an extra day off work as ‘gardening leave’ and invest that time in urban gardening.

The user comments at the bottom are not so favourable, but I generally find with all news items that you can comment on, regardless of the subject, it is rarely overwhelmingly positive.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/10/growing-appeal-national-gardening-leave