Did you know? The benefits of gardening and community food-growing projects are more than just filling your belly.
It is widely recognised that regular contact with plants, animals and the natural environment can improve your physical health and mental well being.
A Dutch study asked two groups to complete a stressful task. Afterwards, one group gardened for 30 minutes, while the other group read indoors. Not only did the gardening group report better moods than the reading group, they also had measurably lower cortisol levels. Cortisol, ‘the stress hormone’, may influence more than just mood: chronically elevated cortisol levels have been linked to everything from immune function to obesity to memory and learning problems and heart disease.