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.

https://chelseafringe.com/event/gardening4health-a-gps-perspective-2022/

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.

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.

The Gardening4Health Directory

It’s slow progress – but I’m really pleased that the Gardening4Health directory is growing and with ongoing contributions from all around the country – beginning to take shape.

Publicity through Instagram, the Medical and Horticultural press, and word of mouth is certainly helping

As in Tier 4 at the start of the third UK lockdown of 2020, Gardening and Gardens have never been so important to people – even at this relatively quite (horticulturally speaking) time of year.

Please keep the suggestions of additions to the directory coming.

Happy Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year!