Gardening Leave


The Gardening Leave (GL) project is aimed at bringing ex-servicemen and women together and uses the garden to provide structure, routine and exercise – all embedded in military life and often sadly lacking in civilian life, which can lead to feelings of isolation and a sense of lack of control over one’s life. 

Horticultural Therapy is the use of plants by a trained professional as a medium through which certain clinically defined goals may be met.

We evaluated the GL projects in Auchincruive, Erskine and London. This two-year evaluation assessed the impact and sustainability of the GL pilot projects. We investigated the effect of horticultural therapy on the mental health of ex-Service personnel who attended the projects. 

For information regarding the evaluation findings please contact Gardening Leave

Lauren Chakkalackal
Lauren Chakkalackal

Lauren has extensive experience conducting research projects and evaluations across the fields of mental health and learning disabilities in both the UK and in Canada. She holds a MSc in Mental Health Studies and a BSc in Psychology.

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