Evidence for gardens and health

An independent report on the benefits of gardens and gardening on health has identified the important place gardening interventions have in the wider health and care system with a focus on four specific areas: social prescribing; community gardens; dementia care; end-of-life care.

The report by The King’s Fund and commissioned by The National Gardens Scheme summarises the evidence for the impact of gardens on wellbeing across the life-course, from childhood through family life and into older age and offers a strong argument for the further integration of gardens and health into mainstream health policy and practice. The report includes a ‘menu’ of recommendations that aims to encourage the NHS, government departments, national bodies, local government, health and wellbeing boards and clinical commissioning groups to make more of the diverse health benefits of gardening in support of their priorities.