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Green Health

Make the most of your church’s green space to promote community health and well-being.

Gardening has huge social and health benefits. Yet for many people green space is scarce. Churches have an opportunity to serve their communities through the creation of a therapeutic garden or a gardening club - but how do you get started?

 Watch more: highlights from the Green Health Live 2 conference at Lambeth Palace


Free resources

Green Health – using church space for therapeutic gardening

The essential handbook for churches

  • The theological basis of gardens for health   Professor Jim McManus
  • The benefits of plants to health and wellbeing   Dr Alistair Griffiths
  • ‘It keeps me sane’: psychology and gardening   Professor Harriet Gross
  • People, places and health: come into the garden…   David Buck
  • Advice from the 2018 Green Health award-winning churches


Download the Green Health Handbook as a PDF

A limited number of printed Green Health Handbooks are available on a first-come-first-served basis. To request a FREE copy email greenhealth@gohealth.org.uk.


Healthy Healing Hubs 

The Healthy Healing Hub project will give churches and Christians the resources, networks and confidence to get back to basics and become places of health and healing for the community.

Visit www.healthyhealinghubs.org.uk for more information and to register your church.



Further reading 

The Psychology of Gardening - Harriet Gross

The Psychology of Gardening delves into the huge benefits that gardening can have on our health and emotional well-being, and how this could impact on the entire public health of a country.

Paperback | £9.99


Root to Stem: A seasonal guide to natural recipes and remedies for everyday life - Alex Laird

This book will show you how to take greater control over your own health and well-being, treat everyday ailments, and ensure the sustainability of the planet through discovering how to forage, grow, or shop for plant- and herb-based foods and products.

Hardback | £9.99



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