Chichester Observer

Gardener and TV presenter Rachel de Thame

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I’m supporting Garden Day because I am more aware than ever of how beneficial it is to garden, to wander through trees. Now more than ever, we’ve really all shown how gardens can make a difference to our mental wellbeing. The effect is powerful and it’s also important to celebrate how much fun it is.

I believe gardens have the power to make us feel happier, calmer and to be healthier. How wonderful that something so simple can have such a disproport­ionately significan­t effect on our wellbeing. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’ve got widow boxes, or a stately home - the benefits are the same.

Garden Day is a day to be in the moment and enjoy the garden - sit back and relax. I shall enjoy things I have grown and have friends and family over for a meal. Garden Day can really pull everyone together.

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