Nurturing Through Nature

Kim Autism, Blog, Gardening, mental health, resilience

Kim Stoddart explains how a deep connection with the natural world has informed her life and that of those around her… For a period of weeks, nudging into months, I still recall clearly how I retreated during my lunch breaks at secondary school to a clearing nestled within the sanctuary of trees in a nearby park. The stillness, permeated only …

The Self Sufficiency Surge

Kim Blog, Food, Gardening, Life, mental health, resilience, Uncategorised

Kim Stoddart examines the grow your own phenomenon that has emerged as a result of fears around food security since the pandemic lockdown. In the days leading up to the restrictions (and ever since), there has been a sheer frenzy of interest in fruit and vegetable growing as people seek to turn over their back gardens, patios, windowsills (and indeed any available …

KEENO GROWS – taking on a ‘mad’ gardening challenge

luke keeno Blog, Gardening, Humour, Life, mental health

Intrepid trainee gardener Luke Keeno writes for us about his rather exciting (and equally slightly terrifying) project to create a beautiful flowerbed for Bristol Victoria Park this year.   Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you ask yourself “Oh my god, what have I agreed to do? I’ll never be able to do that, I’m in way …

On campaigning for mental health on the Isle of Wight

Amber Blog, Life, mental health

I campaign for health, mental health in particular on the Isle of Wight (where I live). When I first contacted my local MP in 2014 he replied (along the lines of) he wasn’t aware there was a problem on the island… I replied to him that people with mental health issues are some of the least likely people to contact …