How cultural experiences can improve health and wellbeing


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Green Wellbeing

Green spaces offer opportunities for being physically active, for learning new skills and to connect with the natural environment, which can all have positive benefits for wellbeing.

GROW is a new partnership project from the Whitworth that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural and sustainability activities to improve the mental wellbeing of an individual.

The GROW project seeks to work with groups within the local community whose service users are experiencing social isolation or dealing with issues around mental health, such as anxiety or depression.

Working within our beautifully designed Art Garden by landscape garden designer Sarah Price and within Whitworth Park, participants have the opportunity to learn a variety of horticultural techniques and engage with our collections.
The aim of this project is to help individuals to acquire new skills, rebuild confidence and to provide them with the opportunity to engage with others socially in a safe and culturally inspiring environment.

This course consists of ten two – hour sessions delivered in ten consecutive weeks. During the programme, participants develop basic horticultural techniques, growing produce for themselves and discuss green issues, such as encouraging biodiversity within our parks and gardens. In each session there are talks, demonstrations and practical activities.

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This project is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Jo Malone London.