World Therapeutic Horticulture Day

Saturday 18th May is World Therapeutic Horticulture Day, a global celebration of the many health benefits of therapeutic horticulture and connecting with nature, as well as their positive impacts on the environment.

This global event was created by Trellis, a therapeutic horticulture charity based in Scotland, their goal is to “highlight the numerous benefits that therapeutic horticulture can bring to individuals and communities, including stress and pain reduction, improved mood, increased physical activity, and a sense of connection to nature. The day will also spotlight the work of the incredible, skilled practitioners in the field, helping people through gardening from Melbourne to Lagos, and Iceland to the Caribbean.

As a gardening charity with a focus on wellbeing, we see first hand the many health benefits that our volunteers experience and are delighted to share in the celebration of World Therapeutic Horticulture Day.

Flowers in the garden

To celebrate, we’d like to share a story from one of our volunteers, that highlights some of the benefits she felt from her time in The Patchworking Garden Project.

As the wheel of the year turns, summer fades from memory and autumn beckons, the Garden takes on a new aspect. Sitting in the Garden as I do, you can feel as if everything is breathing more deeply; the plants, flowers, trees, birds and even the walls feel softer somehow, as though they are looking forward to quieter times ahead.

Faces look more relaxed as they arrive and it’s so wonderful to feel  part of a group where everyone has the space to be themselves.

I’ve been coming to the Patchworking Garden for around two years now, and while I have gained many new skills (as well as many things I’m not so good at!), there are two things I have learned. Firstly, there is a ‘can do’ attitude here. When there’s something I’d like to try or join in with, every different angle is explored to see if there’s a way to make it work. There is a wonderful determination to make the experience of the Garden as inclusive as possible.

Secondly, I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask for help. It’s a skill I’ve never mastered, but the gentle support and encouragement from everyone creates a safe and nurturing space. It’s still a work in progress for me, but it’s great to look back to see how much I’ve changed in the time I’ve been coming here. 

Sarah Jane 2021


Find out more about volunteering at The Patchworking Garden Project here.

Fiona Thackeray, Chief Executive of Trellis says ‘Trellis invites everyone to join this global movement by participating in local events, sharing experiences on social media using the hashtag #WTHD24, and spreading awareness about the positive impact of therapeutic horticulture on our mental and physical health.

For more information on World Therapeutic Horticulture Day, please visit .