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Gardening

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Wednesday 27th September

Gardening

Thursday 28th September

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Friday 29th September

What is Gardening?

Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture.

If you want to stay fit, keep a firm grip on the health of your hands and benefit from fresh air, then gardening is the thing for you.

Benefits

Gardening can have a positive impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being. Gardening provides a work out for the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and can improve strength, endurance and flexibility, helping to prevent problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

Increasing exposure to greenspace has been linked to a reduction in reported health problems, reduced levels of obesity, increased physical activity, improved mental health and reduced health inequalities.

Involvement

Spring is a good time to begin growing and digging. Gardeners spend most of the summer watering, weeding, and watching young plants grow. Autumn is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs, and some perennials. There are many beginner guides available on the internet to get you started.

Equipment

Basic tools include: spade, fork, hoe, rake, trowel, watering can and secateurs.

Campaigns

Feel Alive from 65 Week

25th September - 1st October. A week full of physical activity taster sessions to promote active living in older adults.

Partners

  • Age UK L&R
    County Sport Network
    Sport England
    Loughborough University
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
    Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    British Heart Foundation
    East Midlands Platform
    QUEST
    Melton Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Safeguarding
    Leicester City Council
    Rutland County Council

Partners

  • Safeguarding
    Sport England
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Harborough District Council
    Blaby District Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • County Sport Network
    Melton Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Equality Standard
    British Heart Foundation
  • QUEST
    Loughborough University
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Age UK L&R