Gardening and mental health – our contribution

Here at Rosewood, we absolutely love what we do. We feel incredibly lucky that our job is one of our greatest passions. We enjoy spending time transforming our customers’ gardens, but we also love pottering about in our own gardens at home! 

As our company continues to grow, we’re proud to make contributions to local and nationwide causes that aid in the mental health benefits of gardening. Read on to find out more… 

Contributing to ‘Work For Good’ and ‘Mind’ 

As gardeners, we understand the benefits of being out in the fresh air, with like-minded people and how this can impact your mental health. This is why we’ve signed up to donate 1% of every garden maintenance project completed, to go towards ‘Mind’, through the Work For Good fundraising scheme. 

Mind are a nationwide charity fighting to provide essential resources for people experiencing a mental health crisis. They aim to raise awareness through campaigns, improve services through workplace training and helplines, and empower anyone who needs a much-needed helping hand. 

Shepperton Village Community Garden

Locally, our gardeners and landscapers volunteer their time to the ‘Shepperton Village Community Garden’. This is in response to the council’s social prescribing plan and to help local residents lead a healthier lifestyle. 

Spelthorne helped create the community garden back in 2022, to help people access gardening and make positive changes to improve their wellbeing. This project gives an opportunity for social interactions as well as learning and developing hands-on gardening skills! 

Our gardeners help with general maintenance tasks within the garden, such as weeding, watering and general management of the planting. 

How does gardening benefit your mental health? 

It relieves stress! Research has shown that two-thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress plays a key factor in this. Gardening is not designed to be stressful. You are caring for something and watching it grow into something beautiful. It is a skill that takes time to master, but let us tell you, it’s certainly fun to learn along the way! Gardening gives you something to focus on when you need an escape from the stresses of everyday life. 

A recent study conducted by RHS and the University of Sheffield, consisting of more than 6,000 UK residents found that people who garden frequently (at least two or three times a week) felt less stress and an increased sense of well-being. People who garden every day had well-being scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than those who do not garden at all.

An opportunity to be social 

Charities such as Thrive offer horticultural therapy and gardening interventions which are becoming more and more widely available to those who suffer from mental health problems, are disadvantaged or vulnerable. This is a huge step in the right direction when it comes to managing your mental health. Not only do you get all the benefits that gardening brings, but you also have a chance to be social. Spending time outside in the fresh air and talking to people about your hobbies will certainly boost your mood in the right direction.