Nottingham City Council and the Royal Horticultural Society have joined together to promote the mental benefits of gardening to local communities in and around Nottingham.

The campaign aims to highlight how gardens and green spaces can improve health and happiness.

Charity Nature in Mind was set up a couple of years ago and supports people with mental health problems through engagement with nature-related activities throughout the city.

‘IT’S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL UTILISE TO HELP US WITH OUR DAY TO DAY WELL-BEING’
NAOMI MARTIN, NATURE IN MIND

Naomi Martin has worked with the charity for several years now and runs weekly sessions at St Anns Allotments.

She says ‘It’s a very socially inclusive thing and a lot of the people who come to us are socially isolated so coming out and being part of a group is fantastic.

When people are engaged in an activity that they’re enjoying people find it a lot easier to relax and engage with each other.

Whether it’s a window box or some house plants at home it’s something we can all utilise to help us with our day to day well-being.’

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Image: Local wildlife will also benefit from the scheme

Nottingham in Bloom, now in it’s 20th year, is about making the city cleaner and greener all while promoting interaction among local communities.

“IT’S MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND PRIDE IN THE AREA”
JULIE WALKER, BLOOM PARTNERSHIP MANAGER

Since 2009, Neighbourhood Bloom has designed a scheme to get people in areas around Nottingham to work together in brightening up the landscape.

This includes growing fruit and vegetables and creating communal planting areas.

Audio: Julie Walker says hanging baskets can bring together local communities

Last year, 49 groups from Nottingham received RHS awards to celebrate their efforts in improving various places around the city.  This year it’s hoped that even more people will get involved.

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Image: The city already boasts a number of parks

For more information visit the Nottingham in Bloom website or find a local community garden here.

Get involved by:

  • Joining a local allotment
  • Growing your own fruit and veg
  • Get involved with your local community
  • Planting flower boxes