Nature connection can benefit everyone.

We know from Brighton University's independent evaluations that the benefits derived from Grow's courses are both wide-ranging and long lasting and significantly improve mood, self-worth, motivation, confidence, energy, zest for life, sense of trust, belonging and purpose.   

The latest report shows that The Grow Season helps people to:  

  • Develop a greater sense of self confidence, optimism, calmness and hope
  • Feel valued, accepted and supported in real and warm relationships
  • Acquire a deeper appreciation of nature, and how it can continue to support wellbeing
  • Have a really positive experience of being part of a group
  • Develop their enjoyment of physical activity
  • Enjoy learning new practical skills
  • Widen their horizons, through exploring different environments, activities and social groups
  • Go on to do really positive things in their lives: volunteering, joining other groups, work, courses etc

Watch the animated version of the report:

There is also a wealth of evidence out there now that nature connection is good for us in so many ways…

We all intrinsically think that nature must be good for our health and happiness. A recent analysis of a large-scale nature challenge scientifically shows how important feeling part of nature is to our physical and mental health.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20160420-how-nature-is-good-for-our-health-and-happiness

Research shows that nature-connection heals, soothes and restores:
http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

Grow days incorporate many of the principles found in the ancient practice of Forest Bathing – have a look here for some of the proven health benefits associated: 
http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html

A new report by The Research Agency of the Forestry Commission shows that spending time mindfully with trees can have a significant positive impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing:
http://www.merseyforest.org.uk/news/mindfulness-and-forests-report-released/

Recent scientific research shows that hugging trees is good for you:
http://themindunleashed.org/2013/07/tree-hugging-now-scientifically.html

“Grow had a profound impact on me, it opened up new options and gave me a new perspective on life”
Grow improves emotional and physical wellbeing, it enriches people’s lives and develops community involvement