Gardening and health have long been recognised as intrinsically and uniquely linked. The first lockdown found us being confined to our homes and suddenly our gardens, balconies, local parks and outdoor spaces became a lifeline we had never fully appreciated or knew how much we needed. Novice gardeners and experts alike found comfort and a new love for nature in all its glory. Gardens and Coronavirus highlights the vital importance of gardens and outdoor spaces now more than ever before.
The National Garden Scheme’s 2020 report on Gardens and Coronavirus highlights the vital importance of gardens and outdoor spaces now more than ever before:
NHS Charities Together
There are few people in the world who can be truly credited for improving the lives of so many for generations to come. Aneurin Bevan is one of those people. After World War II he was appointed as the Minister of Health in Clement Attlee’s new Labour government - the youngest member of the cabinet at 47. He led the establishment of the National Health Service to provide medical care to all at point of need, without which, today, we would be in a hugely different place.
It seemed fitting that in 2021 we celebrated both our NHS and the outdoor havens that we have relied so heavily on by naming our rose release for 2021, ‘Nye Bevan’ (Auspital). Named after the founder of the NHS. There are more than 240 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster.