The Church Times Green Health Awards
The Green Health Awards celebrate the efforts made by churches and Christian organisations to use gardens and churchyards creatively for well-being.
Gardeners have always understood the power of gardens and gardening to heal the mind, body and spirit, but in recent years accepted wisdom has been backed up by evidence-based research. Studies have suggested that gardening can help lower stress, combat loneliness and may even reduce the risk of dementia.
And with green space in towns and cities at a premium, church land is well placed to meet the need of communities for outdoor spaces which promote mental and physical health.
Nominate your church for a Green Health Award
We want to hear about as many existing church projects as possible, from therapeutic flower gardens to hardworking vegetable patches.
The best projects, as judged by our panel, will receive cash prizes. Ten runners up will each receive a set of garden tools restored in Tools Shed prison workshops.
The award criteria are that the project:
- is a garden-related activity
- promotes mental or physical well-being
- takes place in ground belonging to a Christian church or organisation in the UK
- promotes health within the wider community.
To nominate your project please complete the form below.
The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2018.
Help promote the awards: Green Health Awards poster
The awards are in partnership with The Church of England, The Guild of Health and St Raphael, and The Conservation Foundation, with additional support from The Mercers’ Company, the Mind and Soul Foundation and Allchurches Trust.
Describe the detail of your project. When was it set up? What are the project aims? Who is involved? How does it meet the award criteria?
Looking back at your project, is there anything you would have done differently?
What advice would you give to someone planning a similar project?
Tell us about any future plans for the project
Has any part of your initiative touched on aspects of consecrated land governed by faculty jurisdiction? If so, have the appropriate permissions been secured?