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Garden wellbeing boosts

Step outdoors, connect with nature and celebrate the wellbeing benefits of gardens and green spaces

Large or small, gardens and green spaces are our sanctuary. And over the last year, we’ve come to treasure and appreciate them more than ever.

This month, Muddy’s joining the experts at Hampshire’s Rosebourne Garden Centre and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in celebrating the feel-good power of gardens.

There’s plenty of research confirming that contact with nature improves our sense of personal wellbeing – and that gardening can have a seriously positive benefit for physical and mental health, too.

One RHS study, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, showed adding plants to a paved front garden could reduce stress levels as much as eight weekly mindfulness sessions. And Harvard research showed that 30 minutes of gardening can burn as many calories as playing badminton or practicing yoga.

Fancy giving your mental health a boost? Here are a few of Rosebourne’s top tips for garden wellbeing:

1/ Take a mindful moment in your garden or local green space. Pause for a minute to appreciate the new green leaves, listen for birdsong. Or enjoy the scents of Spring blooms to refresh your mind and senses.

2/ Bring the outside in. If you’re working from home, add a green, leafy houseplant to your desk or near your work area. Studies show this can reduce stress, increase productivity and attention span and improve the speed of our reactions.

3/ Pep up your plate. Have a go at growing some quick herbs, salad leaves, or microgreens on a windowsill. Ready to harvest in just a few weeks, they’ll add a burst of green goodness and home-grown flavour to your meals.

4/ Plant up a container to make you smile. Choose a combination of colourful or scented flowers, tactile grasses, and lush foliage to create a cheerful Spring display to greet you whenever you leave or return home.

5/ Green-up your every day. Think about how you can connect with nature in your day-to-day activities. Could you walk or cycle through the park on the way to the shops, have lunch al fresco – or do a workout in the garden?

For more inspiration and Spring gardening tips, visit the Rosebourne Garden centre blog. Find further info on the RHS website.

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