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

Senior Research Officer

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