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.