Gardening4Health – a GP’s Perspective

I’m really please to be asked to do a talk for the London Gardens Trust as part of the Chelsea Fringe on 25th May.

The talk will be focussing on my experience as a gardener, a garden designer in healing gardens, the science behind Green therapies, and the development of therapeutic horticulture in the UK; past, present and future.

The venue is at Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8JF and

starts at 6pm. Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm.

If you’re unable to attend in person there is the facility to attend live or later via zoom. I believe this is on the same booking pathway – link below.

NGS and QNI Launch 12 new Community Nursing projects across England

The most recent QNI Community Nursing Innovation Projects have begun across England.  

The group of 12 projects are a diverse group representing two separate but connected themes – Gardens and Health, supported by The National Garden Scheme, and Personalised Care, supported by NHS England and Improvement. The Gardens and Health Projects are known as the NGS Elsie Wagg (Innovation) Scholarships.

The 12 nurse-led projects all aim, in different ways, to improve the health of a community or group of people in a particular location, using innovative approaches. All the projects benefit from a year of support by the QNI’s Innovation Team, and financial support to enable them to put their projects into action. Learning from the projects will help inform future developments in community healthcare. 

The QNI is now seeking expressions of interest from healthcare organisations that would like to support  innovation projects in the community this year, led by their Community Nurses.

If you are a Nurse or an employer, please contact them to discuss your ideas and find out how they can help you deliver an exciting new project to improve patient care.

The closing date for applications is 29 April 2022.

RHS Health and Horticulture Conference

On the Afternoons of 17th and 18th March 2022.

There are still some places available at this inaugural conference – to be held at RHS Wisley in a couple of weeks (but it’s also possible to attend virtually). A really interesting range of speakers and breakout sessions.

Message me via the Contact page or my instagram @richardclaxtongardens if you’re interested in attending, and I can forward your details to the organisers.

National Garden Scheme relaunch Community Gardens Award programme 

Community Gardens Award reopens

The National Garden Scheme has re-opened applications for its popular Community Gardens Award programme after a year’s break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These grants provide funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with a horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community or charitable group. The aim should be to bring a community together by creating or developing a space that people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills, and by inspiring a love of gardening.

In 2020, 44 grants totalling over £97,000 were awarded supporting community allotments and gardens, rehabilitation, and regeneration projects, as well as gardens designed to support mental health and wellbeing, and training and development for young people. 

“We welcome applications for projects that foster diversity and/or support people with physical or mental disability. With all applications considered on their individual merits, there is no fixed amount, but awards do not usually exceed £5,000,”

BMJ Award

Over the moon to see the Gardening4health website and directory shortlisted for this BMJ award.

Looking at the other finalists I suspect I have very little chance of success. However, the real win will be in the wider publicity for Social and Therapeutic Horticulture through the awards process, especially in the Medical and Social Prescribing worlds.

I have to face a grilling by the judges, and will know the outcome in a few weeks. Thanks to everyone whose support for the directory is so hugely appreciated.

SGD Spring Conference

Last chance to book this event happening tomorrow – online:


how to unlock the restorative power of nature’
Saturday 17th April 2021

Speaker line up includes: Sue Stuart-Smith, Tijana Blanusa, Olivia Kirk, Topher Delaney, Johanna Gibbons & Tom Stuart-Smith. Faith Ramsay will chair .

To book: