National Gardening Week: 2-8 May 2022
It’s National Gardening Week (2-8 May 2022), which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society to raise awareness of gardening and horticulture, and to encourage more people to get involved in gardening both at home and in the community.
The past two years have made us all appreciate our outdoor spaces more than ever, which is even more reason to give a little something back to your garden!
Research has shown that gardening can significantly improve our wellbeing and as the pandemic continues, this is something that remains at the forefront of our minds. April was Stress Awareness Month, so as we come out of that and into the rest of spring, it’s the ideal time to explore ways of enhancing our mindset and lowering our stress levels.
One of the largest studies to date on gardens and gardening, funded by Innovate UK and National Institute for Health Research, found that people who spent time in the garden are significantly more likely to report general good health, higher psychological wellbeing and greater physical activity levels than those who do not. This research, which was conducted by the University of Exeter and the Royal Horticultural Society charity, analysed data from nearly 8,000 people collected by Natural England between 2009 and 2016.
National Gardening Week, which was launched in 2012, is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening and highlights the difference that gardens and gardening can make to people’s lives. It inspires the next generation of gardeners to experience the joy of growing and creating beautiful green spaces.
This year, four new green spaces will be opened on RHS Garden Day – Monday 2 May – which have been created through an RHS fund. The gardens, which are located in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be inclusive and welcoming green spaces.
This year’s theme is ‘the Joy of Gardening’, inspired by the opening of the new RHS Community Gardens. Each is designed to be a space where groups, families, organisations and individuals can discover, share and grow their joy of gardening.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN NATIONAL GARDENING WEEK…
GIVE YOUR GARDEN SOME TLC
Is your garden crying out for a bit of attention? Invest in a skip and get it cleared so that your garden is looking its best for the summer months. It’ll feel great to get the job done and your garden will look so much better for it!
Whether you have a big garden, small garden, balcony or window boxes, you can order some seeds and soil online and get some plants, flowers or herbs on the go. Plants can take up as little or as much space as you have, so there are options for everyone.
ENJOY THE SPRING SUNSHINE
Spring is here! The temperatures are warming up and we’ve had a few weeks of drier weather, so be sure to get out there and enjoy it! Even if you don’t feel like taking on a big garden project right now, why not do a bit of weeding and tidying to get some fresh air and enjoy a bit of sunshine?
Most of us have at least one friend or family member who knows a lot about gardening, so why not pick their brain for hints and tips? Give them a call to find out what you need to know – you could even send them some ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics once the work is done!
TAKE ON THAT PROJECT
Why not use National Gardening Week as a prompt to get started on that garden project you’ve been dreaming of? Perhaps you want to re-turf the lawn, replace the patio or clear out some shrubs and bushes – whatever it is, now could be the ideal time!
If you’re undertaking a garden project, why not utilise our skip hire services and let us take care of the waste disposal for you? We can also provide grab hire and supply any aggregates you need – for more information, please get in touch.
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