Prescribing Gardening: making green care a natural part of the health service

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On Wednesday 27th May 2015 Hammersmith Community Gardens Association delivered a conference for healthcare professionals with Sustains Growing Health project, supported by The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. This was held at Phoenix High School in White City.

We had 79 attendees from a range of different health backgrounds and voluntary organisations. Delegates were each given a copy of Hammersmith Community Gardens Plant a Seed, Grow Well case study.

The programme included a tour of Phoenix School Farm followed by a delicious, seasonal lunch. The main conference programme then followed from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Details of each of the speakers and links to the presentations are listed below:

Chair: Dr Rachel Bragg
Deputy Director of the Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) and Senior Researcher in the Green Exercise Research Team at the University of Essex
Green care: An overview

Professor Jeremy Levy MA PhD FHEA FRCP
Director of Education and Quality, Health Education North West London
Commissioning gardening and food growing to promote health

Susie Crome
Public Health Locality Manager, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
The Gardens for Life Project

Amy Chrisp
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association
Plant a Seed – Grow Well Project Coordinator
Plant a Seed, Grow Well

Kevin Bittan
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association
Get Out There! Project Coordinator
Get Out There!

Maria Overton
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association
HCGA Ambassador and previous volunteer

Andrew Waterhouse
Occupational Therapist
Hammersmith & Fulham Cognitive Impairment & Dementia Service
Nature therapy within a dementia service

Terry Oliver
Environment Manager in Kensington and Chelsea
The Royal Borough Environment Project – Developing Community Gardens

Media coverage of the conference was extensive and included:

– The front page of the Express ‘Gardening is Good for You’
Channel 5 website
BT website
– Belfast Telegraph
– Local GP and CCG member Dr Cavanagh wrote an article on Social Prescribing for GPOnline

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