Spring Bulb Packs - Wythenshawe

Spring Bulb Packs - Wythenshawe

Spring bulb activity packs

Benefit of gardening

Exposure to green space can have a positive effect on both physical and mental health. Studies have shown that gardening can reduce depression and anxiety and local green space has been linked to improved mental health and wellbeing. For older people, gardening can be a useful source of physical activity, while supporting independence and reducing loneliness. Living in areas with green spaces is associated with less income-related health inequality, weakening the effect of deprivation on health. Urban green spaces can contribute to social cohesion but the quality and maintenance of green spaces is important to make them appealing.

Location

Wythenshawe (Northenden, Brooklands mainly plus Baguley, Sharston and Wythenshawe Park)

Project team

Buzz

MUD

Aim

To engage people in activities at home that are good for people’s wellbeing.

This project was developed due to the positive response from the previous growing pack deliveries.

Evaluation

Initial reactions to these packs were very positive. People were very grateful and appreciative towards receiving a pack during this difficult time.

Finding residents to deliver different packs to can be challenging due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Supports older people

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Reduces income-related health inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Improves local area

Our Manchester Strategy

Increased social cohesion

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Can be used for social prescribing

General Practice Forward View (NHS England, 2016)

Research/evidence base

Public Health England (2020) Improving Access to Greenspace: A new review for 2020

Houlden et al (2018) The relationship between greenspace and the mental wellbeing of adults: A systematic review PLoS One, 13 (9)

The King’s Fund (2016) Gardens and Health: Implications for policy and practice

World Health Organization (2016) Urban Green Spaces and Health: A review of evidence

Schmutz et al, Garden Organic and Sustain (2014) The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing

Contact

Emma Farrell - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Emma.farrell@gmmh.nhs.uk

T. 0161 271 0582


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