Gardening as an opportunity for exercise that will reduce stress and lessen social isolation has this week been hailed as an excellent way of enjoying better physical and mental health.
Already, green-fingered gardeners have been out in force to celebrate National Gardening Week (11-17 April 2016) as well as a part of this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign.
In Mid and East Antrim Borough volunteers have been busy carrying out essential tree maintenance in the community orchard at Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead and carrying out a ‘Big Spring Clean’ at Carrickfergus Mill Ponds.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe, said: “I’d like to thank the volunteers for their hard work this week.
“These events are just a few of many that will be organised across the Borough to promote Mid and East Antrim in Bloom and to underline the positive impact community gardening activities have on people’s health and wellbeing.
“We encourage everyone who lives in the Borough to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants and gardens can enhance it for people and wildlife,” Cllr Ashe added.
By actively supporting ‘In Bloom’ activities and competitions residents will not only make their garden, school or business more attractive but also assist Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s entry to the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition and the Britain in Bloom Competition.
Britain in Bloom is the UK’s largest community gardening campaign. The theme of this year’s Bloom campaign, Greening Grey Britain for Health and Happiness, will see community groups around the UK organising gardening activities to boost local health and wellbeing.
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach, added: “Through our Bloom campaign we see gardening and green spaces having a positive impact on individuals and communities.
“Gardening together provides an opportunity for exercise, can help reduce stress and lessen social isolation. We hope this year’s campaign theme will get people talking about what a great healer gardening can be.”