The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) is delighted to be supporting ‘World Therapeutic Horticulture Day’ taking place for the second year on 18th May.

The day is dedicated to highlighting the numerous therapeutic benefits of horticulture and gardening, such as improved mental and physical health, as well as the positive impact it can have on the environment.

Sue Jeffries, Chair of the CIH’s Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) – special interest group said ‘this is such an important day in our yearly calendar, and we are delighted to be supporting this. We know that many of our members will be taking part in a variety of different ways across the UK to highlight the huge benefits that Therapeutic Horticulture can have on people’s mental and physical health.’

Sue continued to say that the CIH is committed to raising awareness about the benefits of therapeutic horticulture, connecting practitioners and sharing research and is delighted to share that the CIH has recently launched a dedicated section and resources on its website to therapeutic horticulture. This will also provide a database for CIH members on their Social and Therapeutic Horticulture projects around the UK and Ireland so that practitioners can connect, learn and share best practice.

World Therapeutic Horticulture Day is as much about spreading awareness of therapeutic horticulture as it is about putting a spotlight on those in the industry who provide invaluable work in our communities around the world and the CIH would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their invaluable contributions.

Find out more about the CIH’s work on Therapeutic Horticulture here.