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The aim of Gilmerton House’s Kitchen Garden is to help people achieve a sense of independence and self-esteem, as well as feel healthier, happier and more confident. The garden aims to provide a safe and secure environment for those who are recovering or experiencing challenges to their mental well being.
We want to help reduce the country’s financial challenges in treating conditions such as mental health, and social isolation.
Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as other transferable skills such as communication and thinking skills.
The garden is a safe and secure place to develop someone’s ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent, and lead a more fulfilled life.
Using gardening tasks and the garden itself, our long term aim is to train horticultural therapists to help build a set of activities for each volunteer to improve their particular health needs, and to work on certain goals they want to achieve.
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening include:
- Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility.
- Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement.
- The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion.
- Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment.
- Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the ‘great outdoors’.
You can see more on our Gilmerton House Kitchen Garden website.