Gardening Our Way To Wellbeing

A stroll into nature to look after your mind

Last weekend, inspired by May's wildly successful Mental Health Awareness Week 2016, we rocked up in London Fields to offer a little First Aid For The Mind.

We set up a stand of volunteers, brimful with thoughtful and creative ways to look after friends and family. Our stand was all about simple ways to spread the TLC - from actions as simple as writing a card to sending a hug.

The weekend was half sunny, half showers, but as always, London Fields was lit up with locals who'd stopped to take a moment's pause among the lush spring growth. A field full of Londoners - there is no better example of the power of nature to refresh and restore.

At our card stand, we collected donations for Hackney's own St Mary's Secret Garden. Just a hop and a skip away, this little patch is unbelievably rich in greenery - and in spirit. It's a beautiful, accessible space where people with support needs or disabilities can come to gain skills, make friends, and experience the many benefits of therapeutic horticulture.

It is no secret that this kind of practical interaction with nature really makes a difference to our state of mind - the Kings Fund recently published a report that reaffirmed nature's vital impact on our health and wellbeing.

St Mary's made us a lovely flowery collections box especially for our stall. With each person who wrote a card donating a pound (or more!), we were delighted and grateful to raise over £400 for this tranquil and supportive environment. Here the box is, returned to its rightful home: