The Travelling HT and Winston Churchill

Some of you may have noticed that there has been a lack of updates on this site recently. This is due to me being in North America visiting various horticultural therapy projects and attending the American Horticultural Therapy Association annual conference.

To follow the progress and learn more about these visits please see:

Prescription Nature

Here is a link to an interview with Canadian Psychiatrist Dr. Shimi Kang about the benefits of nature and why she prescribes it for people suffering from mental health issues.

Winston Churchill and Horticultural Therapy

I am delighted and somewhat humbled to announce that I have been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to research and experience horticultural therapy practices in North America.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds people to travel and visit places carrying out best practice in their professional field. The Trust started after the death of Winston Churchill and people have been travelling under the Trust since the 1960’s. At present the Trust offers 125 fellowships each year.

This is generally the main reason things have gone a little quite on this blog recently as I have been organising flights, accommodation and visits.

In order to raise the profile of the Winston Churchill Trust and not to hijack this one I have set up a separate blog which will document my thoughts, feelings and findings as I progress throughout the project. This blog can be found here:

More information on the Churchill Trust can be found here: I fully recommend looking at the website and considering an application. They have been an absolute pleasure to work with, very supportive and understanding throughout.

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:

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:

Focus on Detroit Urban Farms

Interesting piece on the Detroit Urban farms projects from the Wall Street Journal, including an interactive map and video.

The article mainly focusses on financier John Hantz’s plan to create a large scale urban farm alongside the community farms in the deprived areas of Michigan’s famous Motor City.

There is lots of information out there on the urban farm projects in Detroit. Their aims are to promote community togetherness, put waste land to good use and provide fresh fruit and vegetables for the most needy.

As and when I find more information about these projects I will post it, as well as adding it to the ‘links’ page.