Our team of registered therapists deliver quality-assured, evidence-based programmes, addressing a wide range of emotional and psychological needs.
Whilst most people will be familiar with the notion of gardening being a pleasant and relaxing pastime, the concept of deliberately working with plants to help to maintain or improve a person’s level of functioning may not be so well known or understood.
Being surrounded by nature and nurturing plants is increasingly being recognised to have beneficial effects at several levels;
Given this ‘natural attraction’ for most people, the processes of nurturing plants can be deliberately used in a structured and planned way to further enhance the potential benefits to an individual:
Horticulture is very well suited both to educational settings, and for use with those who have suffered trauma, since it can be beneficial at all of these different levels, and if the psychotherapeutic approach is used, it can be particularly powerful.
Just such an approach is being used with pupils in Manchester, who have been identified as having significant issues or presenting behaviours, in order to try to address the difficulties that they may have in coming to terms with their past and learning to adjust to their present situation.