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Gardening your way to better health

As a new report reveals the physical and mental health benefits of gardening, Mary-Claire Mason talks to health professionals who are prescribing gardening therapy and helping patients to transform their lives. 
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As a new report reveals the physical and mental health benefits of gardening, Mary-Claire Mason talks to health professionals who are prescribing gardening therapy and helping patients to transform their lives

A King's Fund report published in May found overwhelming evidence of the beneficial effects of gardening on physical and mental wellbeing. Commissioned by the National Gardens scheme last year, Gardens and Health – Implications for Policy and Practice shows how gardening can:

  • Help tackle obesity
  • Reduce heart disease and cancer
  • Increase physical activity levels
  • Improve confidence, resilience and self-esteem
  • Reduce falls
  • Improve balance

Picture: Sydenham Gardens

The report's author, King's Fund senior fellow David Buck, says gardening should be prescribed as a non-clinical treatment. He hopes the

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