Trellis was established 2006…. by a band enthusiastic therapeutic gardeners who were responding to isolated, underfunded therapeutic garden projects who lacked a unified ‘voice’ Trellis aims to represent, support and aid development of TG. Trellis is a small org : 2.7 full time equivalent posts (5 of us) Since 2008 we have also been working in partnership with Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens forming Growing Communities in Scotland 6 fieldworkers across Scotland 15/11/12
Building on good mental wellbeing and belonging to something bigger than yourself – Therapeutic Gardening projects can benefit from being part of a network of projects across Scotland From SW Scotland to Shetland and Western Isles Currently 190 projects across Scotland See online project map Online directory of therapeutic gardening projects An estimated 4, 750 service users per week can benefit from therapeutic gardening ( if you multiply the average of no. of service users (Sempik et al) 25 by 190 projects It works out at 4, 750 service users per week) 15/11/12
Wide variety of settings , as you can see Projects can range in size from a pot on windowsill, containers in a courtyard to several acres under cultivation
Many people, considered excluded in mainstream society are very much involved in therapeutic gardening largest proportion of service users are : those with mental health needs and adults learning disability of the rest , many have specific conditions: living with Head injury autism Physical disabilities Sensory impairment Others ill health: Rehabilitation after injury/illness Treatment for substance misuse & addiction Ex- servicemen (PTSD) Dementia (under represented here – high demand for training sessions ‘designing gardens for those with dementia ’ and increasing nos enquiries from people with relatives in nursing homes/in their own homes, support to enable them to garden) Those with: Behavioural problems Also Offenders (HMP Castle Huntly, Cornton Vale) And Social groups : School children , Young People, old people, refugees Even the All who are interested - projects often situated in areas of deprivation- funded to include the local community especially low income groups and those with health inequalities Therapeutic gardening is adaptive to the needs, and offers opportunities to these groups in society.
The Scottish Therapeutic Gardening Network www.trellisscotland.org.uk People grow better in gardens…
Trellis is the national Scottish charitythat supports, promotes, and developsthe use of horticulture to improvehealth, well-being and life opportunitiesfor all.
What is therapeutic gardening? •‘The use of plants by a trained professional as a medium through which certain clinically defined goals may be met.’ • ‘… the process by which individuals may develop well-being using plants and horticulture. This is achieved through active or passive involvement.’ •Journal of Social & Therapeutic
The World Health Organisationpredicts that by 2030, depressionwill be the leading cause of disease around the world
Research has demonstrated that asupervised programme of exercise can be equally as effective asantidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression (Halliwell, 2005; Richardson et al., 2005)
Why gardening?:Natural and social connections• Gardens & gardening as a social activity• ‘Interacting’ with our environment• Animals and wildlife• Memories and knowledge• Creativity• Sensory
Why gardening? Learning• Variety of gardening tasks• Literacy, numeracy, work skills• Every day in a garden is a different day• Nurturing and payback• Sharing knowledge• Being seen to be able, independent, contributing