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.
Nominations for the 2018 Green Health Awards have now closed.
The shortlist will be announced later this month and the awards presented at the Green Health Live conference on Tuesday 2 October.
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.
The best project, as judged by our panel, will receive a prize of £2000. Ten runners up will each receive a set of garden tools restored in Tools Shed prison workshops.
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.