27/31 Cobham Road
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

A resident gardening

This week marks Garden Wildlife Week 2021 so what a perfect time to celebrate all things gardening and gardening for wildlife and produce!

Here at Uplands Rehabilitation Centre (URC), we encourage both our residents and staff to enjoy the outdoors and the added benefits that gardening brings to our emotional, psychological and physical health. We enjoy growing tomato plants, flowers and other vegetable produce in our on-site garden.

Below, we have listed some of the key benefits that horticulture adds to the lives of our residents here at URC:


Fine and gross motor skills development

Gardening gives our residents the opportunity to use their fine motor skills, which are vital for maintaining their independence, as fine motor skills are needed for doing many day-to-day activities.

Horticultural activities also enable our residents to exercise their gross motor skills, which are important for strength and balance and help to prevent falls.

Going outdoors is very important for sensory stimulation too. While some of our residents may not be able to actively participate anymore, they can still hold the earth and feel the texture and smell the herbs and flowers in our garden.


Creates a sense of responsibility

Having a small plot to tend to gives everyone involved in the project a sense of responsibility.

Having to care for plants or vegetables is a great way for our residents to learn about respect for other living things and is a fulfilling, enjoyable activity, where our residents are able to connect with one another and work together to tend the garden and vegetable plot.


Encourages relaxation

Gardening offers an escape from reality and allows our residents to relax and unwind.

There’s something about tending to a garden or a plot of land that helps to soothe and calm, thereby helping to relieve stress. Many of our residents love the outdoors and through this exercise, they are able to discuss their personal memories of the outdoors and gardening, bringing back in that much needed life skill that they may have enjoyed at home!


Releases endorphins

Taking care of a garden or vegetable plot is a form of physical activity, which means that it’s good for our residents’ bodies.

Anything that is good for our bodies is also good for our minds. When exercising, levels of serotonin and dopamine (feel good hormones) rise, while our cortisol levels (hormones linked to stress) begin to lower.

Just like exercise releases endorphins, so does gardening, making this a great activity for our residents to get involved with!


For more information on the conditions we treat and the support offered at Uplands, or to book an appointment with us, visit our website: https://uplandscare.co.uk/contact/contact-us, call us on 01702 880087 or email us at info@uplandscarecentre.com.