Whenever you are tired of working, following orders and doing your daily chores, you would definitely benefit from some quality time – to feel relaxed yet in control. Have you ever thought why certain people resort to gardening? Putting it this way, growing a potted plant from a cutting, watering it thrice a week may give you a sense of control and if the plant does well, voila! you have a sense of accomplishment. It may a simple cure to some of those stresses!
Gardening lessons have proved to have a positive impact on school kids. There are currently 4,500 schools enrolled on the Food for Life Partnership plan (FFLP) and figures show that twice as many schools received an outstanding OFSTED rating after working with the Food for Life partnership. In addition, the uptake of free school meals in FFLP schools has risen by an average of 13%, shared on an article on Environmental News Network.
The School Food Plan, which has the support of the Secretary of State for Education aims to significantly increase the number of children eating good food in schools, and has been awarded £16.1m by the Government.
Libby Grundy, Director of Food For Life, says: “Instead of seeing growing and gardening as something peripheral, the School Food Plan recognizes that all areas of the curriculum can be taught in relation to food whether it’s history, science, or geography. You can bring food and cooking and growing into all areas of teaching”.
Gardening improves your health too! Yes it does, says the Dailymail. Researchers have found that smelling roses and pulling up weeds can lower blood pressure, increase brain activity and produce a general upbeat feeling.
Even just looking at a garden can give you a positive boost. The evidence is so compelling that the health factor has been given its own name – horticultural therapy – and is being used to treat hospital patients, plan cities and even to calm prisoners in jails.
Horticultural therapists say gardens produce the most positive effects on mental health.