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Healthier Gardening Research Seminar

RHS Wisley

10 October 2013

A recent report published by the Royal Horticultural Society (Gardening Matters: Urban Gardening)  summarised that gardening makes gardeners happier, but does it make them gardener healthier? A new collaborative initiative between the Royal Horticultural Society and Coventry University will investigate the health benefits that can be derived from regular gardening activity, proving that the RHS tends not only for gardens but also for gardeners. It is often said that gardening is an effective “green exercise” but so far there is little evidence to back up this claim. The study will at the muscle strength, bone health, cardio-vascular performance and mobility of gardeners, and non-gardeners, to see if there is any correlation between health benefits and gardening activities.


A free seminar will be held at RHS Wisley on the 10 October 2013 to launch the research initiative. There will be presentations by horticultural professionals, biomechanists, physiotherapists and specialists in healthy ageing, together with gardening equipment manufacturers.


The schedule for the event will be:

1:00        Arrive (sandwiches and refreshments available)

1.30        Welcome and Introduction – Alistair Griffiths, Head of Science, RHS

1.40        Growing healthier – physiotherapeutic benefits of gardening – Sheila Leddington-Wright, Coventry University

2.00        Health and Safety of garden tool design and utilisation – Mike Filder, Health and Safety, RHS

2.20        Horticulture for Mental Health and Wellbeing – Jon Fieldhouse, University of West of England

2.40        Drinks break

3.10        Horticulture as an Intervention for Health – Joe Sempik, University of Nottingham

3.30        Safety by Design – Hans Fairley, Stihl Ltd

3:50        Biomechanics of gardening and future research – James Shippen, Coventry University

4:10        Questions and discussion

4:30        Concluding statement and departure – Alistair Griffiths, Head of Science, RHS


To reserve your place and for further information please contact Dr James Shippen at j.Shippen@coventry.ac.uk