Both GreenThumb and the National Garden Scheme are advocates of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens, and aim to promote this message to the nation through their new collaboration.
Paul Edwards, Managing Director at GreenThumb, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with the National Garden Scheme. We’re both passionate about people, community and the planet and it’s through these shared interests that we’re excited to make a difference. The Covid-19 pandemic gave us all a greater appreciation of the benefits gardens provide and because of that, many people are turning to their gardens or local green spaces for sanctuary and spaces to escape to improve their wellbeing.
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“Lawns are so much more than just a carpet of grass; they provide spaces for relaxation and recuperation which is why it’s so important to look after them. We’re looking forward to seeing where our partnership with the National Garden Scheme takes us and we can’t wait to get to work.”
As well as granting visitors access to over 3,500 private gardens across the UK, the National Garden Scheme fund projects which make gardens accessible for disadvantaged groups, as well as gardens in hospitals and other health settings. They also run an annual Gardens and Health communications campaign.
GreenThumb is donating £10,000 in support of the nursing and health charities which the National Garden Scheme support.
George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme added: “We are so pleased to be partnering with such a well-known brand in horticulture. GreenThumb’s support will help raise awareness of our work and we’re very much looking forward to making a difference together.”
Over the next three years, the two organisations will work together on a number of initiatives aimed at improving the nation’s wellbeing. The first of their collaborative projects will kick-off in early spring.
For more information, please visit ngs.org.uk/GreenThumb
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