Reap health rewards from gardening, expert suggests

Posted on 31 May 2011

People with long term care plans could benefit from exposure to plants and gardening, one expert maintains.

Dr Roger Williams, head of science at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), said that any type of greenery is "really good for health and wellbeing".

He explained that exercise and activity are involved in tending to plants, meaning that gardening can provide physical benefits.

Mr Williams added that there is also a positive psychological effect on people who look after plants, as they have an area of the world which they have control of and can be creative in.

"It's very good for the elderly, and there's all sorts of interesting ways to garden that make it easier for people with sight and mobility problems to still get involved and engaged," added the expert.

This follows news of a Bupa Care Homes Sow and Grow day at an Evesham Vale nursing home, reported by the Tewkesbury Admag, which is designed to make residents aware of the health benefits associated with gardening.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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