Thrive and Notcutts want more people to access green space through a tool called Cultivating Wellbeing in Gardens and Nature. This is because spending time in green spaces has proven benefits for mental and physical health.
Time spent in green spaces can have a real impact on mental health. The value of one outdoor experience programme is estimated to save around £7,000 in NHS costs. It also contributes to benefit reductions and increased tax contributions per participant.
Cultivating Wellbeing in Gardens and Nature is a free course. It’s available for everyone to access. It explains the advantages of being in the great outdoors and will guide users so they can create their own health and wellbeing plans.
Kathryn Rossiter, Thrive’s CEO, said: “Poor mental health is one of the biggest challenges confronting the UK today. Our campaign is all about tackling this with a proven method – increasing access to nature.
“Experience shows that when people connect with green spaces, stress, anxiety and depression reduce. In an era when our health services are under strain, this is a message worth spreading far and wide.”
Gardeners’ World presenter and Thrive Ambassador Mark Lane said: “As someone whose health and outlook have improved as a result of being in gardens, this is a valuable and much-needed initiative to encourage more people to tap into what nature provides.”
Thrive is the UK leader in using gardening to promote better health and overcome social isolation.
The charity has developed this resource with support from Notcutts. They are advocates for wellbeing through gardening.
Caroline Notcutt said: “We are passionate about the benefits that gardening can bring to mental and physical health. We’re delighted that we can give the opportunity to experience these benefits.
“We have a fantastic link to health and wellbeing through gardening.
“My Great-Grandfather, Roger Crompton Notcutt, was advised to work outdoors due to ill-health. It was then that his passion for horticulture began and Notcutts was founded over 120 years ago.
“We’re proud that Notcutts is founded on wellbeing and pleased that the benefits of gardening are now recognised and shared.”