Group gardening sessions at RHS Bridgewater

The RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is an accessible 154 acre site which has community wellbeing at its core and is uniquely placed to support the residents of Salford, and beyond, who wish to improve their physical, mental and social health through gardening. Their sessions focus on all year round gardening activities from planting, tending…Read More »

The latest from Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale

Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale (PIER) is is a community allotment on Belfield Road in Rochdale. Here’s a few highlights from the past few months: Tree Management Training An amazing day was had at PIER in November 2023 when we welcomed ‘NorthernLily’ who taught us about tree management; including how to look out for the 3D’s…Read More »

Gardening for Wellbeing sessions at RHS Garden Bridgewater 

Lee’s Story Lee started on the Gardening for Wellbeing sessions at RHS Bridgewater following a referral through social prescribing from his local Community Connector back in July 2023. Lee had been referred once before in the previous year but his battle with anxiety and depression at that time were too debilitating for him to complete…Read More »

Volunteer Opportunities with Manchester Mind

Volunteering at Manchester Mind can be a really rewarding and worthwhile experience and it can bring many benefits too – whether that’s learning new skills or rediscovering old skills and passing on skills, building confidence, meeting new people, being valued. All things that contribute to positive mental health. Manchester Mind are currently looking for an…Read More »

Nature for Health programme hosts visitors from Kyoto, Japan

Through the Nature for Health Network, as well as the EU funded Green Health Horizon project, partners from Kyoto, Japan visited Greater Manchester to discover how we are using nature-based interventions to address health inequalities. The neurology research team from Japan has been developing a Green Farm Rehabilitation programme at a hospital in Kyoto, Japan….Read More »

North West Regional Conference – Nature Recovery on NHS Estates

The Nature Recovery on NHS Estates, North West Regional Conference aims to bring together estates’ colleagues from across the three ICS areas of the North West region (Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Merseyside, and Lancashire & South Cumbria – North Cumbria will be included for this conference) with Natural England colleagues to strengthen appetite and knowledge…Read More »

NHS ‘could save £635m by prescribing time in nature’!  

New analysis published from The Wildlife Trust’s report: ‘A Natural Health Service: Improving Lives and Saving Money’, found that green prescribing can save more in healthcare costs than the price of running a green prescribing scheme!   Dom Higgins, head of health and education at The Wildlife Trusts, added: “This new research proves the immense value…Read More »

Have you Heard of the Northern Network? 

The Northern Network is a transformational new movement from Groundwork that connects Green Community Hubs across the North of England.  Shared green spaces such as community farms, parks, fields, and allotments can all help to create thriving and resilient communities. They have the potential to bring people together, enhance prospects, improve health and wellbeing, and…Read More »

A summary of the Green Social Prescribing work in Crumpsall 

Throughout the Autumn of 2023, Groundwork Greater Manchester were based at Crumpsall Park, working with one of the in-patient wards from North Manchester General Hospital as part of the Sow the City project.  Six male patients attended weekly sessions across six weeks, centred around growing, nature crafts or outdoor activities.   With participants showing an improvement…Read More »

Petrus Scoops Silver at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 

Designed and built with service users and volunteers in mind following the design principles of biophilia and all things edible, Petrus have scoped a silver medal at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show for their fantastic Empowerment Garden.  You can read more about the garden here and check it out staring on a recent episode…Read More »