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Coppicing Small Trees

Sunday 8th April
Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast
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Path Maintenance

Sunday 22nd April
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast
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Making Mitigation Work

Thursday 26th April
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
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Gardens and well–being… 3 February 2017

A project aims to investigate the social case for gardens and what impact they have on health and well–being (via BBC News)

 

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There is growing evidence for the environmental and health benefits of gardens and gardening.

Access to green spaces has been linked to reduced depression, anxiety and stress, as well as physical benefits.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield want to compile evidence on the therapeutic effects of gardens from the public.

“There’s increasing evidence that access to green space in nature can provide a range of benefits in mental health, physical health and social cohesion,” said Lauriane Suyin Chalmin–Pui, a PhD student at the University of Sheffield.

“But most of that evidence is centred around public green spaces rather than private gardens. That’s the gap in knowledge – the contributions private gardens make to the health and well–being agenda. “

As part of the research, gardeners and non–gardeners are being asked to complete a survey.

The aim is to investigate the benefits of having a front garden filled with plants compared with one without any.

Nearly one in four front gardens in the UK is completely paved over.


Read more via BBC News…