Plants and plant pots next to a raised flower bed

Boosting your wellbeing

News – 21 July 2023

Do you want to boost your wellbeing, but feel unsure about where to start or worried about taking the first steps?

For the past two years we’ve been helping people take these first steps through our Gardening for Wellbeing programme, and we have now complemented this with Monthly Connect sessions.

Gardening for Wellbeing

These sessions provide an opportunity for people wanting to improve their physical and mental health, to come together in a small and welcoming group to garden.

Open to complete beginners as well as those with some experience, we learn and enjoy a wide range of tasks including sowing seeds and taking care of young plants, preparing ground, weeding, planting out more established plants and taking care of them as they grow. We include both edible and ornamental plants, so there is often something tasty for us to enjoy as well as the bees and butterflies that visit our gardens. At the same time, we create a beautiful space for those living locally.

Sessions take place at the following locations and there’s a short registration process:

  • Flitwick in Bedfordshire on Tuesday mornings
  • Milton Malsor in West Northants on Wednesday afternoons
  • Sandy in Bedfordshire on Thursday afternoons

Monthly Connect

In order to explore ideas to boost wellbeing further, including the benefit of nature for wellbeing, we have now added Monthly Connect sessions at each location.

Topics over the coming months will include an introduction to mindfulness, a talk from the local Wildlife Trust and some practical ideas on boosting physical activity. Closer to Christmas we may even get creative and make decorations!

Dates are as follows and while booking is helpful, you are welcome to turn up on the day:

  • Ellenshaw Court, Flitwick – 1 to 2pm on the following Tuesdays: 15 August, 12 September, 17 October, 14 November, 5 December
  • Raynsford House, Milton Malsor – 12.30 to 1.30pm on the following Wednesdays: 16 August, 13 September, 18 October, 15 November, 6 December
  • Stonecroft, Sandy – 4.30 to 5.30pm on the following Thursdays: 10 August, 14 September, 19 October, 16 November, 7 December

If you’re interested in coming along, or would like more information, please email