25 May 2018
Reaping the benefits of gardening
Horticulture has very much been in the spotlight with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show taking place this week, and the role that gardening can play in improving lives has been a key theme at this year’s show. Evidence suggests that social and therapeutic horticulture is an effective form of social care and can promote wellbeing, particularly for those suffering from mental ill health – an ethos that Wendover-based charity Lindengate prides itself on.
Lindengate received funding from B P Collins last year via its Heart of Bucks charity stewardship. The firm was recently invited to visit the 5-acre site in Wendover to see the valuable work the charity carries out with the help of donations in order to improve mental wellbeing, social inclusion and encourage long-term recovery for people with a wide range of mental health needs.
Michael Harris, Lindengate, explained what the aims of the charity are:
“Creating a sense of community through group support, projects and activities are at the heart of what we do here at Lindengate. One of the key aims is to tackle the stigma around mental ill health and focus instead on how horticulture – and all the many activities connected with it – can positively impact mental wellbeing.
“While most of our Gardeners [service users] have a diagnosed illness, Lindengate welcomes all who would like to improve their health and wellbeing. In fact, we encourage our Gardeners to leave their diagnosis at the gate – at Lindengate we look beyond labels and focus on the individual.”
Volunteers are essential to Lindengate’s success, enabling the charity to deliver a quality service and bringing a wide range of skills and experience. Volunteers support the charity in all aspects of its work and also work with the Gardeners on various projects, either in the gardens or through other activities such as cooking and crafts, helping to reinforce a sense of community and belonging.
“Our volunteers also help raise funds in support of a sustainable future and promote awareness of Lindengate – which is invaluable to the service we are able to provide. We are very grateful of the support we receive which enables us to continue to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery,” concluded Michael.
Gina Connell, business development and marketing director at B P Collins, added:
“We are delighted to support such a fantastic charity through our charity stewardship with Heart of Bucks. The work Lindengate do is so important in improving lives of those facing mental ill health.
“Promoting wellness has been a focus for B P Collins this year, following our Wellbeing Evening earlier in May, and it’s great to be supporting a charity with mental wellbeing at its heart.”