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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.

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

National Allotments Week: 13-19 August

The NAS aims to protect, promote and preserve allotments and we call on all those who value allotments to support us in this endeavour.

Partners

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

Partners

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