The benefits of horticulture for mental health

The mission is to provide horticultural therapy to veterans facing mental health issues. The physical and mental health benefits of horticulture have been widely reported. Participants will gain confidence, knowledge and experience and some will go on to find work experience and employment within the industry. The aim of the charity is to provide support and a place on the programme to every veteran in the UK who wants to attend and/or is unable to access help through other channels. If one life is saved as a result of contact with the charity we will call it a success. Any amount of investment will be justified if we can prevent just one suicide, because we believe you cannot put a price on a life.

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So today’s one on one session was amazing, we did some jobs around the site then the veteran made this fantastic Bug hotel to take home. They also sent an email to us after that makes everything we do worth while I was genuinely humbled.

Great support from @LCGardenDesign and some great info bursts to attend please sign up and support @VeteransGrowth at the same time it’s a win win.

Beyond the lawn - modern practice and new ideas for professional lawns and meadows with @Wildflower_MD @PictorialMeadow and @dhedges_gower - 3 early evening seminars Oct-Nov 2020 for just £15 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-the-lawn-modern-practice-new-ideas-tickets-120367896619?ref=eios

So over the last couple of days we have cut and dressed (not completely finished) more beds due to the higher demand for our service and dug a new water pipe to keep them watered. Thanks @GardenscapeDir for another load of PFC to enable the expansion.

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If you missed the CPD Acredited session Introduction to the Armed forces community with the brilliant @Diver67Diver and @SussexAFN don't worry, they're doing it all over again next Wednesday (23rd September). Details of how to book on are on the staff intranet & staff app.

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Lovely day spent with the veterans harvesting from the polytunnel and the outdoor beds. Such a lot achieved in the sunshine, we will all be needing a soak in the bath and an early night! More photos to come but was so busy I forgot to take any. This was stolen from @rootsandall

Today we had an amazing day with a Veteran whom came to us for support and referred by @CWPT_WMTILS ,It was great we talked had a brew and connected on so many different levels (we did a little work😉). He even got a massive crate of veteran grown veg to take away with him.

I am very happy to have these two great people involved and by my side one is Andrew from @LCGardenDesign and the other is Jeremy from @LandscapeEvent. Andrew is our Patron and Jeremy is an Ambassador and they are both amazing individuals. #teamwork

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#SuicidePrevention you can start over, you can fight back, you can overcome.

If you’re struggling find someone and ask for help it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

You can do it!

#WSPD2020 #mentalhealth

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