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RHS aim to help NHS staff 'rest and recover' by promoting green wellbeing

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Harlow Carr Gardens have joined forces to help NHS staff re-energise through the power of 'Vitamin G'.

This National Gardening Week (26th April – 2nd May) the two organisations are helping NHS staff take time out to make the most of spending time in the garden. Research has shown that a daily dose of 'Vitamin G', referring to 'green' and nature, helps improve personal wellbeing.

And as part of their focus on reset and recovery following the decrease in Covid cases, LTHT is championing the importance of kindness and self-care to ensure staff are rested, recovered, and ready to tackle the next challenge.

Lisa Grant, Chief Nurse at LTHT, said:

"Our hardworking staff have emerged from perhaps the most testing time in the history of the NHS and it is crucial that everyone has time to reset and recover. We have made the health and wellbeing of our staff a top priority with a range of resources and initiatives across our hospitals.

"Gardening has been shown to be a highly effective method of reducing stress levels and, with Spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to get back to the garden. We are so grateful to RHS Harlow Carr for this opportunity for our staff to learn direct from the experts."

During the first lockdown, UK households planted 322 million more plants than in the previous year. A study from the RHS and collaborating universities showed that adding a few plants to a bare front garden could reduce stress levels as effectively as eight weekly mindfulness sessions.

The RHS is encouraging the nation to celebrate the feel-good power of gardens for National Gardening Week by finding easy ways to ‘Get Your Dose of Vitamin G’ and engage with nature.

RHS Director of Science Professor Alistair Griffiths said:

"Vitamin G is 'green', and research has shown that getting a daily dose improves our sense of personal wellbeing.

"Aim to bring green into your daily life as much as possible for maximum benefits. There are dozens of ways to connect with nature, and you don’t even need to have your own garden to get your Vitamin G."

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