National Gardening Week Highlights
April 26th – May 2nd marked National Gardening Week, the UK’s largest celebration of all things green. The goal of the event is the encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors and gardening, an activity that is also highly beneficial to both the physical and mental health of the elderly. In this article, we will share a number of activities you and your loved one can take part in your garden or communal outdoor area to join in the celebration.
Experiment with growing your own produce
The theme for this year’s National Gardening Week is ‘Edible Britain’, with the aim of encouraging people to use their extra space to grow their own produce – be that from a balcony or a 12-acre garden. If you’re a gardening veteran, you could mix things up and try to grow something different to anything you’ve produced before, perhaps some purple carrots or passion fruit.
Open your garden for viewing
A popular activity during National Gardening Week involved individuals opening their gardens for members of the local community to explore and admire. If you have a garden you are particularly proud of, this is a great way to interact with other likeminded gardeners, and even inspire the next generation of green fingered young people.
Sell your homegrown produce to the local community
If your allotment has proved particularly successful this year and yielded a large amount of produce, a great idea to celebration the occasion could be to sell them to the local community. You could also bake some cakes to sell, and donate the money generated to your gardening community or a charity of your choice.
Organise a BBQ
Invite friends and family over for an outdoor meal and enjoy one another’s company at a safe distance. Eating outdoors can add to the quality of a meal with the sounds of nature and gentle breeze and celebrating with loved ones outdoors is a great way to pay homage to National Gardening Week.
Sit and watch the world go by
We spend a lot of time getting our garden or communal space into a beautiful condition, but seldom do we make time to bask in its glory. A great way to enjoy an outdoor space is simply to just sit and watch the world go by, listen to the birds singing, and spend some time switching off from external life stresses. If you don’t have a private garden area, visit your local park with friends, or take your favourite book, and enjoy the peaceful nature surrounding you.
Wellbeing is one of the cornerstones of our beliefs at Wessex Care, and we are passionate about providing fun and stimulating activities for our residents and local communities to get involved in. Learn more about the activities we provide and contact our team to enquire about our homes today.