The Trust was delighted to be invited back to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday 23 May as part of the continuing collaboration between the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the NHS.
During the day, Andrew Kingston, C&I Recovery Service Manager with expertise in horticultural therapy, took part in a Q&A session at the Gardening for Health Forum, where a range of speakers shared information about the benefits gardening can have on mental health.
Last year, C&I won the ‘Feel Good Garden’ - elements of which came to Highgate Mental Health Centre. The garden was a key feature at last year’s show and was designed by Matt Keightley. This year’s winner was Devon Partnership NHS Trust who won the ‘Back to Nature Garden’ – a garden co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
The Gardening for Health forum saw NHS representatives from mental health trusts across the country come together to network, hear about the RHS and NHS collaboration and listen to supporting evidence about the positive relationship between gardening and mental health. There was also the opportunity to look around the Back to Nature Garden which proved hugely popular with event attendees.
Andrew said: “It was a great day to highlight how gardening can play such a positive part in the recovery of our service users. I’m delighted for Devon Partnership NHS Trust and I hope they enjoy their garden as much as our service users, their families and colleagues do here at C&I.”
Click here to read more about our successful bid for the Feel Good Garden last year.