Working towards wellbeing

Through Grow Wild, people are connecting with their neighbours and community. They are taking notice of nature all around them, being active outdoors and actively learning and sharing their experiences. All of these things have an impact on a persons’ wellbeing, as illustrated by the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Over the years we've done research that shows how Grow Wild helps to build community cohesion, social inclusion and people’s awareness and appreciation of nature. Participants involved in the programme tell us their confidence increased as a result of being involved in Grow Wild projects with many going on to do something else for nature inspired by their experiences of Grow Wild.

Grow Wild offers a great way to meet new people, get active and connect with nature. Plus, it’s really good for you!

See below how even the smallest of things can have a big impact on your wellbeing.

1. Green space is good for us

Studies from the University of Exeter Medical School have revealed a correlation between mental wellbeing and the amount of green space in the local area. People feel happier and more positive when they have access to parks and gardens, while heavily built up urban areas pose a threat to mental health.

So what can urbanites do to get closer to nature? Try sowing wildflower seeds in pots or containers – you don’t need much space! Read our top tips for finding a place to grow here.

Or why not get involved with a local community project – find out what’s going on in your area.

2. Let the sunshine in

Getting out in the garden is a great way to soak up some mood-lifting rays. Sunshine boosts serotonin – the body’s natural happy hormone – so getting out in the sun when it shines can make us feel happier and more energetic.

Don't forget the sunscreen!

3. Be social

Grow Wild is all about bringing communities together across generations and economic and demographic barriers. Socialising is a great form of relaxation, while meeting new people can stave off feelings of loneliness and depression.

Find community projects in your area.

4. Get creative

It’s important to make space and time in our busy lives to let our creativity run wild! Have a look here to feel inspired to get creative with Grow Wild. We’re also offering funding to young people who have a creative idea to communicate the importance of native wild flowers – the more outlandish the better!

Read more here.

5. Achieve something

We want to help you make a real difference to your local spaces and communities. Transforming a space – no matter how small - can make you feel immensely proud of your achievements. Getting involved in Grow Wild can also boost self-esteem by helping you learn new skills – including design, DIY, team management and communication.

That’s 5 more reasons to get sowing and growing!