Gardening Leave at RHS Chelsea Flower Show | Love The Garden

Gardening Leave at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)
Captain Dave Henson (left) and Sargeant Craig Gadd from Headley Court helped build the garden

As part of our ongoing support of Gardening Leave, we supported the staff at DMRC Headley Court to build a garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.



The Gardening Leave Courtyard Garden has several elements to help troops make the road to recovery


Captain Dave Henson (left) and Sargeant Craig Gadd from Headley Court helped build the garden

The Horticultural Therapy Unit at Headley Court uses gardening as a means of providing physical, psychological and cognitive rehabilitation to injured service personnel. Having a garden at Chelsea seemed the perfect complement to this gardening unit and to help raise the profile of the Unit.

 


The patio seating area provides somewhere to relax and enjoy the garden, while the steps provide a good challenge

As support to the therapy unit, Scotts Miracle-Gro provides composts, plant foods and other items to help the troops grow beautiful plants, while they learn to effectively use artificial limbs and to cope with the psychological problems they often encounter after battle injuries. So, it was obvious that we would support them at Chelsea.

Gardening Steps to Recovery

The Courtyard Garden, situated next to the Miracle Gro’wers Learning Journey gardens in the Great Pavilion, includes a mix of challenging physical exercises that have long-term benefits to the recovery of patients. Steps, slopes, bending and carrying are all key skills needed in everyday life, and ones that can be learnt in the garden.

A garden environment is also good for psychological health. Both body and mind must be acknowledged to enable the troops take steps towards recovery.

Find out more about our support of Headley Court

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