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Rhyddings Park open afternoon could be just what the doctor ordered

Health professionals in Oswaldtwistle are invited to Rhyddings Park on 30 September to find out more about the potential opportunities within the coach house and kitchen garden at Rhyddings Park for patients.

The event, which is 1-3pm and includes lunch and refreshments, has been organised by Newground, part of Together Housing Group, in partnership with Friends of Rhyddings Park and Hyndburn Council.

Mick Smith, Managing Director of Newground, said: “Research has found that being part of a community gardening group benefits participants in a number of ways including weight loss, muscle strengthening, improved mental health, social inclusion and rehabilitation after injury or illness.

“This open day is aimed at doctors, practice nurses, social workers and other health practitioners who use social prescribing to remind them of the power of the great outdoors as a medical treatment.”

“It is an opportunity to showcase the activities happening in the newly refurbished coach house and kitchen garden to enable them to better understand how we can help aid recovery for patients suffering from both physical and mental health issues.”

Ann Warrington, Chair of The Friends of Rhyddings Park said: “Aside of the gardening opportunities, there are so many other well being opportunities in the Coach House that promote the NHS guidance of 5 steps well being (connect, learn, be mindful, be active and give to others)  – there are free groups such as Park Your Worries, a Stress & Anxiety Management Support Group; Mindfulness, a technique promoted to help us to be mindful of our thoughts & feelings; Sport Walking, a group meeting to walk for health; Golden Oldies Social, for the elder generation, somewhere to meet other people, sit and chat. There are also low cost well being activities such as Zen Yoga, Pilates, QiGong & Bootcamp. For more details, please look at the FoRP Facebook page, website or noticeboards in the park.

“The garden is such a huge benefit to the community in terms of volunteer opportunities, learning new skills and taking away freshly gown vegetables to cook at home.”

According to the King’s Fund health think tank, outdoor spaces such as gardens can reduce social isolation among older people as well as help patients recover and manage conditions such as dementia.

Research by the gardening charity Thrive also reveals the benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening including:

  • Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility
  • Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
  • The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
  • Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment
  • Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the ‘great outdoors’

If you are a health professional interested in attending the event, please email





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