Co­or­di­na­tion

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Pot­ting up seedlings, dead­head­ing, wa­ter­ing with a wa­ter­ing can

WHY Com­plex gar­den­ing ac­tiv­i­ties de­mand good co­or­di­na­tion. Stroke sur­vivors, autis­tic chil­dren and pa­tients with Alzheimer’s de­velop bet­ter con­nec­tions be­tween hand and eye af­ter gar­den­ing. Craig Lis­ter runs the Green Gym pro­gramme of guided gar­den­ing ses­sions cre­ated by The Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers. “It’s strength with con­trol,” he says. “Un­like in a reg­u­lar gym where you don’t have a fixed con­trol. [ In the gar­den] if you want to pick up some­thing, you’ve got to con­trol it at the same time.”

DID YOU KNOW? Good hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion also af­fects other ar­eas of life too, as it’s been linked to cog­ni­tive abil­ity and so­cial skills.

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