Yesterday I was lucky to be a meeting which included a 20 minute presentation from the Magdalen Project on "Green Therapy".
A entirely new concept for me, green therapy has an enormous range of benefits to offer and could become a tool in our toolbox to help patients with a range of long-term health conditions (physical and mental). The therapy encourages physical and mental well-being through "care farming" - which involves animals, plants, food and fresh air! All the activities promote confidence and independence - two sentiments often lacking with these people. Under the national organisation of Care Farming UK, these projects are being developed across the country. The slogan of 'helping people grow' is very apt.
This is a really refreshing therapeutic activity to have found out about! I hope funding can sustain it to benefit more people in the future.