Growing health: integration of food growing into the National Health Service

Tania Wiseman, Sarah Williams, Margi Lennartsson Turner, Maria Devereaux, Ulrich Schmutz

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    Abstract

    There is a long tradition of therapeutic horticulture in occupational therapy practice in the UK. Gardening, and particularly food growing, provides a rich, sustainable and purposeful medium to achieve this. The health, wellbeing and social benefits of gardening, horticulture therapy and food growing are increasingly recognised, and reported in the literature.
    Growing Health (www.growinghealth.info ) is a joint project between Garden Organic and Sustain funded by the Tudor Trust. It has created an active industry advisory board and network of healthcare professionals, academics and representatives of community growing initiatives. It is working to develop a comprehensive UK knowledge partnership to scope and support the potential of food growing as a viable option and a natural part of the health service.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014
    Event38th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the College of Occupational Therapists - Brighton, United Kingdom
    Duration: 3 Jun 20146 Jun 2014

    Conference

    Conference38th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the College of Occupational Therapists
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityBrighton
    Period3/06/146/06/14

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