Gardening is the best ‘prescription’ for good health

Gardening is the best ‘prescription’ for good health

A growing number of GPs and healthcare professionals are ‘prescribing’ gardening to improve health outcomes for their patients.

The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and food growing are increasingly being recognised, leading to a rise in the number of projects being commissioned by The NHS and public health, the Growing Health project has found.

Gardening prescriptions are being championed by a growing movement of charities and healthcare organisations who want gardening and food growing to be seen as a key activity for public health, general health and social care.

Growing Health ProjectMany of these projects engage people at risk of ill health and in areas of high social deprivation, providing physical and mental health benefits as well as helping to reduce social isolation.

Professor Jeremy Levy, Director of Education and Quality at Health Education North West London stated “Investing and supporting food growing and gardening as part of our health service is a cost effective way to improve health as well as prevent ill health”.

A former project volunteer, now project coordinator, Kevin Bittan commented on the impact on his health. “The course made a dramatic difference to my life and I very quickly started feeling physically better.

“My age and the years of self-abuse and stress had taken their toll but attending the Get Out There gardening project put a real spring in my step.”