I am collaborating for the first time with a team showing a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Come to your Senses Eco-Therapy Garden combats the detrimental technical overload children often experience today and reconnects them in a garden that plays on the five senses, to restore good mental health. The garden is sponsored by YoungMinds, developed by Scotts Miracle-Gro, and built by Higher Ground and The Clink Charity. It will be relocated to Acorns Children’s Hospice after the show. My role has been to provide advice on how children benefit from gardening in terms of their mental health and well-being. The research is indicative of a range of benefits, mainly in terms of behavioural responses contributing to academic performance.
Here’s an early preview of the garden. Look out for the us at the show and say hello!