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Gardening and Mental Health

Hello all, 
Recently on Gardeners World gardening and mental health was discussed,  some studies were quoted, including that it can lower scores on the Becks depression scale- bit I can't seen to find this episode clip. Can anyone recall when this was? (potentially it was on GQT as I'm not 100%). 
Thank you in advance! 


  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    edited June 2020
    An internet search brings up episode 29 2019,,term%20mental%20and%20physical%20problems.&text=And%20in%20Essex%2C%20the%20programme,wellbeing%20of%20the%20garden%20owner.

    Though it is a topic that is often on Gardener's world and I'm sure there have been mentions of the benefits of gardening on mental health in the 2020 series.

    It is no secret that Monty like myself considers gardening a major positive when it comes to living with depression.

    Perhaps the link will allow you to read through other episode descriptions until you find the one you want?
  • Thank you Gemma! By chance immediately posting this I stumbled across that episode.  Hopefully I will find the clip. Thank you for your help!
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,832
    The RHS has been campaigning about gardening and mental health for some years now.  This link may be of interest - and there's no doubt more on their website.

    They have recently acquired and started to create a new garden in the Manchester area and mental health and ell being has been a feature of their programme -

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  • Keep nurturing your garden and your mental well-being!

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,601
    Why are people flagging this post?

    There is nothing wrong with it. Stop being moronic and get a life.
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  • elliotp981elliotp981 Posts: 105
    punkdoc said:
    Why are people flagging this post?

    There is nothing wrong with it. Stop being moronic and get a life.
    Exactly, very strange indeed.
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,496
    Surely, about 40 years ago the phrase was a 'Feel Good Factor' to everything.  Now, from the Duke of Sussex upwards it's Mental Health.  Did Percy Thrower and Shewell Cooper survive without either?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,887
    Not everyone did tho’

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,052
    Looking after my garden is a constant headache/worry to me. It’s like painting the Forth bridge,  so no,  it’s not good for my mental health and being out there does not always have the feel good factor. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,059
    edited 9 August
    Everyone's different, and what works for one person's mental health may not work for another's. I know a number of people who find gardening very stressful because things grow and change and it doesn't stay exactly how they want it, to the extent that they either let it go wild or pave over the whole thing.
    I guess the flagging is because a first-time poster resurrected an old thread. It's easily done if you don't notice the date, but sometimes turns out to be a spammer who later posts an ad for something. For benefit of the doubt, maybe we should hold off flagging until the ad appears unless it's blatant like the ones selling apartments in India and suchlike.
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