Gardening Leave

The Gardening Leave project is aimed at bringing ex-servicemen and women together and uses the garden to provide structure, routine and exercise.€“

Structure, routine and exercise are all embedded in military life but are 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 Gardening Leave projects in Auchincruive, Erskine and London. This two-year evaluation assessed the impact and sustainability of the Gardening Leave 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.