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Gardening

Get Involved

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.

Gardening is a great way to help adults and older adults reach their recommended 2 1/2 hours of physical activity each week. Even 20 minutes mowing the lawn, or heavy gardening for 30 minutes all helps!

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

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Local Programmes

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

Partners

  • Blaby LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Active Rutland
    H&B LSA
    Melton LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    NWL LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    O&W LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Equality Standard
    Sport England
    County Sport Network
    Active Leicester

Partners

  • O&W LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Charnwood LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Harborough LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Sport England
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Rutland
    County Sport Network
  • Equality Standard
    Active Leicester
  • Melton LSA
    NWL LSA