National Gardening (Therapy) Week

National Garden Week 2020 saw me writing a blog post for the ellenor Hospice on how we can all benefit from time spent enjoying our garden or a local park.  With current global worries about COVID-19 and much reduced personal contact with family, friends and community, the ability of nature to relax and restore make those green spaces we...

BBC Radio Kent

I was invited to join the BBC Radio Kent Sunday Gardening programme on December 1st 2019 to talk about Plants for Winter Interest.  As a regular listener to the show it was a treat to meet Andy Garland again, the show's host and a keen gardener, and one of the Sunday Gardening resident horticultural experts Steve Bradley.Winter can easily...

Care Home Management magazine

I was delighted to write an article for the Sept/Oct 2019 issue of the online magazine Care Home Management about bringing gardening activities into care homes and the benefits for residents.In recent years research and pilot projects have shown that time spent out in nature and meaningful nature-based activities bring significant wellbeing benefits to people of all ages.  Gardening...

Together TV ‘The Hospice’

The TogetherTV fly-on-the-wall documentary series The Hospice showed all aspects of life at ellenor Hospice in Gravesend, Kent for patients, families, staff and volunteers.Episode 12 included the garden therapy group, Green Shoots, that I have run since summer 2017.  You can see and hear patients talking about what they like about the group and me explaining how gardening is...

Health Matters Radio Show

In August 2018 I spoke on the Health Matters Radio Show for Kent Channel Radio, interviewed by Neil D’Silva. Together Caroline Alldis, Natural Mindfulness practitioner and I explained how Gardening for the Mind blends the benefits of gardening and mindfulness and how we came to work together to offer these unique workshops.  Listen to the radio interview here https://www.gardeningbydesign.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Gardening-for-the-Mind-Health-Matters-Radio.mp3Hear the whole show (no....

Wealden Times June 2017

The Wealden Times 2017 Midsummer Fair included a Garden Hub and Healthy Living Festival and to highlight this I wrote an article on the benefits of getting out into a garden for the June 2017 issue.You can find the online magazine here  move the slider bar to page 171 for “Plant Therapy”Full text of the articleIt’s official. Gardening is good...