What is Therapeutic Horticulture?
Therapeutic Horticulture is the process in which gardening, and plants, are used to improve both physical and mental wellbeing of an individual. It is a widely accepted and recognised as an effective form of therapy. Panania Free Rangers is a not for profit organisation that is passionate about bringing change to our local environment and working alongside people to bring real and lasting change to health.
By tending to a garden, students take on a care-giving role. They receive an increased sense of responsibility, purpose, accomplishment and this fosters positive behaviour, particularly for those with behavioural and learning difficulties. Being outside and getting your hands in the dirt amongst nature has a general calming effect on students, with many having improvements behaviourally. Studies also suggest that this is because being outdoors exposes you to more sun, and therefore, more Vitamin D.