The benefits of horticulture on health have long been recognised, this theme springs up throughout the festival.
In the Live Well Zone, we shine a spotlight on the role gardening and the great outdoors plays in your health and wellbeing. Explore how mobilising gardening and craft communities can achieve inspiring results.
Visit our garden of Health and Wellbeing and explore the four Mind for Wellbeing Borders created by Forest of Hearts, and mentored by John Cunningham.
The Great Outdoors
Engagement with nature including walking and gardening is a major contribution to wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle. Join the Butterfly Conservation Trust and discover the work they carry out to conserve the UK’s butterflies, moths and their habitats.
Meet the friendly bee keepers from the North East Worcestershire Beekeepers Association and glean top tips for both amateurs and professionals. Look at live bees up close in a controlled environment and taste a variety of honey made locally.
Join the The Weir Garden, National Trust team and plant seeds in small seedling pots to take home. Seeds include cress, rocket salad, herbs and other easy growing edible salads.
The Well Bean Gardening Club, run from Link Nurseries, allows members to grow their own vegetables and flowers through the concept of square foot gardening. Take a look at how effective this method of gardening can be as clients from the club showcase their work.
Link Nurseries is a community focused horticultural centre providing opportunities for therapeutic activities, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing.
Immerse yourself in the natural world through Cultivating Learning and Nature CICs identification station, showcasing a range of ecological exhibits. Over the weekend you can learn spinning and weaving techniques with the woolly circus. Cultivating Learning and Nature CIC promote positive mental health through horticulture, traditional crafts and ecological work.
Arts and Crafts
Help Hellens Garden Festival create a Journey of Life Mandala, using natural and recycled materials.
Surrounding the Mandala is St Michael’s Hospice Sculpture Garden. Here local artisan sculptors showcase their unique sculptures. The area is an oasis of joy and calm. Many sculptures reflect the 2019 Hellens Garden Festival theme, ‘Hands in the Soil, Good for the Soul.’
Learn a new skill with Meadow Arts, as artists lead you through hands-on making activities. Don’t worry, no previous experience is needed.
Wyldwood Arts are celebrating National Lost Sock Memorial Day on the 9th May! Bring your single socks to the festival to celebrate Lost Sock Memorial Day. You can also join in arts sessions run by talented community artists.
Be mesmerised by live demonstrations from local artists as they showcase their crafts. Fancy having a go? Speak to Creative Breaks about workshops available in the local area.
Reading for pleasure can help improve mental health and wellbeing. We welcome Oxfam Cheltenham for their debut at the festival. Whether you are an established bookworm or wanting to make reading your new hobby, pop in and see what you can find.
Stop by the emergency poet, in a converted vintage ambulance, and pick up a poem for wellbeing. Community First support collaborative activities and help secure the best health and wellbeing outcomes for people and rural communities.
Take a seat in Reconnections ‘outdoor lounge’. Take the chance to chat about helping those who are isolated to get more out of life. Not to be missed is the ‘megamovers’ class, provided by Simply Limitless. Improve your mobility and increases energy levels ready for a busy day at the festival.
In need of a cup of tea, then pay Pathways Day Service a visit. Youngsters can get creative here by drawing what they see through magnifying glasses and binoculars while you take a break.
Suitable for the whole family, visit BBC Hereford and Worcester and listen to talks and music.
If you are looking to make your day at the festival extra special stop by the pop-up spa provided by Olive Branch. A whole host of health and wellbeing treatments are on offer including:
- Indian Head Massage
- Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage
- Ayurvedic Facials
Treatments charged at £30 for 30 minutes or £50 for 60 minutes. Treatments are available for both adults and children (under 16s must be supervised by a parent/guardian) and can be pre-booked in advance by emailing Olive Branch.
The charity have been invited to create a garden showcasing their work throughout the county of Herefordshire. The garden represents Herefordshire, its landscape, flora and horticultural heritage. It celebrates the charity’s horticultural therapy work and its participants. The garden is located just a short walk from Live Well on the corner of Avenue G and Row 5. Find out more.