Gardening can seriously benefit our physical, mental, and social wellbeing. It's a great way to become more active, to improve your mental wellbeing and to provide social interaction. Being outdoors, in nature helps us to rest, relax and recharge our brains.
Through Ecominds you can keep fit and connect with others, enjoy and be part of nature and learn to grow and nurture something from scratch. We hope to help you to improve your mental health and wellbeing through gardening and to support you to make social connections in the wider local community.
The project home is the Walled Garden at Preston Park, but we're currently unable to access it due to Covid 19 restrictions. So, we have a temporary new home with Cultivate Tees Valley at their Arlington Park site in Stockton. It's a welcoming, quiet, and non-judgemental space to enjoy the outdoors and get involved in gardening activities, while helping individuals get back into the local community safely after the impact of Covid 19.
You don’t need gardening experience and you'll get to take part in activities such as planting, plant care and maintenance, harvesting, composting and wildlife conservation. You'll be encouraged to feel part of the community too and beyond the 6-8-week initial programme, we have opportunities to engage in volunteering, either with Cultivate Tees Valley or with other projects in the area.
Cultivating Wellbeing in Gardens and Nature is a great free online resource.
The Grow Your Own app from the RHS is free and full of advice and tips.
Who is this service for?
Men and women aged between 30 – 50 and living in Middlesbrough or Stockton on Tees.
What happens next?
Once you've made contact we'll be in touch to talk you through the sessions and confirm your place.