Horticultural as therapy
The Vounder Therapy Garden is a horticultural therapy programme run by the Eden Project based in Cornwall. It uses horticulture and gardening to provide weekly sessions to support individuals living with anxiety and depression.
It is set up as a space to garden if you want, if you don't, it's a space to just be. It's not focused on growing the perfect vegetables, or sowing the perfect lines. It's a space away from the everyday, run by horticultural therapists who provide the freedom, headspace and support to nurture positive life-changing impacts. Nature can focus the mind and ground us in ways that are proven to help with lots of mental illness or trauma, this film introduces the thinking behind Edens Vounder Therapy Garden and hears from some of the people who've used nature to help them in different ways.
Every action has a reaction. And whatever action it was that brought these people to the garden, the re-action has been nothing but positive. We spent time with Julia, Jordon, Mari, Simon and James to help us understand the power of growing, the power of nature and the positive effects the outside can have.
We work with lots of great people and impactful brands, but occasionally a job arrives that holds a really powerful story. One that we feel privileged to help tell and that we know will stick in our collective memories for a long time to come. The Vounder Therapy Garden was one of those. Spending time with the participants and the therapists in the garden was special, it wasn’t long, but it was long enough to feel the power and the transformative nature of this special project.