Comment || King’s Fund report ‘Gardens and Health’

A report on gardening and health from the King’s Fund, commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme and published today (17 May 2016), explores the positive impact of gardening on health and well-being and explores how doctors can maximise these benefits.

In response to the publication of the report, Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial comments:

“We’ve known about the health benefits of gardening for a long time and the fact that this report has brought together research and scientific findings to back up the anecdotal evidence is very helpful.  We hope that it serves to promote the importance of recommending gardening as a proactive way to prolong a healthy life and something that can have significant benefits for those returning to health following an illness or accident.”

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