Public Health officials inspired by Garden Organic projects

Public Health

The Garden Organic team welcomed Senior Public Health Commissioners from across the UK to the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove Estate this week, for an engagement event designed to showcase the positive impact growing organic food has on health.

Garden Organic is currently involved with more than twenty Public Health projects across the UK; these range from helping prisoners overcome substance misuse, social and therapeutic horticulture, as well as the more established Master Gardener and Composters community programmes.

Steve Thomson, Operations Director, at Garden Organic said: “This event gave us the perfect opportunity to show key decision makers across the country how our organic gardening intervention projects are transforming lives, by improving the physical and mental health of the people involved. As well as giving us the opportunity to showcase the Garden Organic projects, the day also allowed everyone involved the chance to share their knowledge and best practice of the benefits of gardening for health and wellbeing.

The feedback from everyone who took part in the event has been very positive.

Steve adds: “We’ve had a great response from everyone who attended. The Chair of a Clinical Commissioning Group said the day has inspired him to push harder to change the mind-set of the public sector to look beyond pills and social care to see what else can be done to improve wellbeing. A Director of Public Health who attended said he’d enjoyed the 'buzz' of how the organic environment can impact a range of demographics with useful, innovative projects and inspiration."

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Friday, 1 August 2014