Evidence-based garden therapy in Scandinavia

Evidence-based garden therapy in Scandinavia

A free open lecture on gardening for rehabilitation in simple gardens focused on Huntington's disease, brain injury, dementia, social inclusion and staff stress.

In Scandinavia, gardening groups enable rehabilitation teams to get to know their patients. They support therapeutic activities: physical, psychological and social. Groups visited were focused on: Huntington’s disease, brain injury, dementia, social inclusion and staff stress. They provide opportunities for practicing life skills and secondary therapeutic links with crafts, art and cooking. The gardens were simple in design but effective and studies showed results that were of economic benefit. Indoor plants can assist rehabilitation settings and views from windows and patios can be assessed for therapeutic value. The evidence-based use of green environments to reduce stress and sickness absence in healthcare staff may have potential fiscal benefit in Britain.

Josephine Spring, Fellow of 2014, travelled to Denmark, Norway and Sweden to research the therapeutic effect of gardens for neuro-disability patients and will be presenting the event.