I Can Grow a happy place

Grow plants to support a campaign around wellbeing

Research has found that gardening is beneficial for everyone’s health and wellbeing. Heading outdoors can provide us with a welcome escape from our hectic lives. Gardening gives us a sense of responsibility which can help to boost our confidence and make us feel connected to the world around us. By working with nature, we can relax and enjoy living in the moment, feeling that we are making a difference.

What can you do?

If your class or group is interested in growing a happy place, here are a few suggestions of what they could do:

  • Grow plants for the five senses such as chives, rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, lavender
  • Do some exercise that gets their hearts pumping, such as digging, raking or turning compost 
  • Develop a new skill and enjoy the sense of achievement. Try something new, such as weeding, or pruning, or learn how to make something for the garden, such a bug hotel or recycled plant pot
  • Notice the small things by taking time to look around. Explore what plants feel or smell like and listen to the sounds around them
  • Grow plants that can be given away to people to make them smile

Group discussion

Use these discussion points to get your group thinking about growing a happy place:

Beginner questions:

  • Does being outside make you feel happy? Why do you think this is?
  • How do plants and the natural world make us feel better? What plants make you smile and why?

More advanced questions:

  • Why does getting outdoors in the fresh air make problems seem more solvable? What plants do you identify with or make you feel a certain way?
  • Doing good and helping others can have an enormous impact on how we feel about ourselves. How can we combine acts of kindness with gardening, to benefit others as well as ourselves?

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