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Gardening

Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture.

An Overview of Gardening

If you want to stay fit, keep a firm grip on the health of your hands and benefit from fresh air, then gardening is the thing for you.

Gardening is a great way to help adults and older adults reach their recommended 2 1/2 hours of physical activity each week. Even 20 minutes mowing the lawn, or heavy gardening for 30 minutes all helps!

Benefits

Gardening can have a positive impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being. Gardening provides a work out for the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and can improve strength, endurance and flexibility, helping to prevent problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

Increasing exposure to greenspace has been linked to a reduction in reported health problems, reduced levels of obesity, increased physical activity, improved mental health and reduced health inequalities.

Involvement

Spring is a good time to begin growing and digging. Gardeners spend most of the summer watering, weeding, and watching young plants grow. Autumn is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs, and some perennials. There are many beginner guides available on the internet to get you started.

Equipment

Basic tools include: spade, fork, hoe, rake, trowel, watering can and secateurs.

Find Gardening Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Colchester Mid-Week Action Team

Colchester Mid-Week Action Team

Our Colchester Mid-Week teams meet on Tuesdays and Thursday to carry out practical conservation projects in Colchester and the surrounding area.