Why the NHS are turning to gardening as a remedy for mental & physical health issues

Over the next 5 years, it’s estimated that NHS social prescribers will hand out approximately 900,000 appointments for gardening or spending time in green spaces in response to mental health issues.

These appointments are known as ‘Green Prescriptions’ and serve as an alternative to western medicine’s over-reliance on prescription medication when it comes to mental health ailments.

In September 2019, a report by the Mail Online and The Guardian found that 12 million people in England (1 in 4) were taking “addictive” prescription medication such as antidepressants. Its findings also revealed that the number of prescriptions for antidepressants were on the rise.