Growing reports & research
Reports & research documents, arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top
Gardening can help improve self-esteem, calm anger and ease depression, study finds
‘Researchers say councils should create more allotments, arguing this would help keep the general population healthy and boost the British economy.’
The Independent, 30 October 2015
Nature and mental health: about ecotherapy programmes
Explains the mental health benefits of nature and gives tips and ideas to try. Also provides information on formal ecotherapy programmes, and where to find out more.
Food Growing in Schools Taskforce
Indepth report including sections on the benefits of food growing in schools, what makes a school an effective food growing school, and recommendations. Food Growing Schools, London partnership, March 2012 (pdf).
Exploring the well-being outcomes of tree planting activities for young people
The research examined young people’s memories, experiences of, and feelings towards tree planting.
Part of the Good From Woods Project, 2012
Gardening as a therapeutic intervention in mental health
This article describes why one low-secure unit chose to initiate a horticultural therapy project and organise it as a ‘workers’ cooperative’.The therapeutic benefits of gardening are explored, particularly focusing on the social benefits. The article also discusses the issue of hope, which is an intrinsic requirement in gardening.
Nursing Times, 11 November 2008
Childhood in the Garden: A Place to Encounter Natural and Social Diversity
Inspiring report exploring the important role of the garden in children’s learning, with headings such as: a place for play and inquiry, a place to take safe risks, a place to develop diverse relationships, a place for developing community, a place to widen social views.
Head Start ECLKC, 2008