The Scarborough News

Enjoy wonderful green spaces on Garden Day

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Gardening is growing on us, with more than three million people taking up the pastime during lockdown.

It is now time to celebrate our green spaces – from manicured lawns and borders to a blooming window box – and the happiness they bring us all.

Spring is in full bloom and Garden Day – a nationwide project which aims to inspire and bond the British people – is on Sunday May 9.

It is a great opportunit­y to celebrate the return of spring and reconnect with loved ones and family in gardens and green spaces, thanks to the easing of the lockdown restrictio­ns.

It is easy to take part – just invite family, friends and neighbours in to share your back garden or patio, or admire a pot plant.

Down your garden tools as the only work allowed is: make flower crowns, the symbol of Garden Day!

You will be in great company. Join Lisa Snowdon, Rachel de Thame, Laura Bailey, Kelly Brook, Arthur Parkinson, Dr Alex George, Nikki Tibbles, Hazel Gardiner as they down tools and pop on a flower crown in celebratio­n of the little havens they have created.

Garden Day, created by

Candide Gardening – the website which encourages everyone to break new ground in the garden – celebrates the life-enhancing power of garden spaces with a flower-filled day.

Sue Stuart-Smith, psychiatri­st, psychother­apist and author of The Well Gardened Mind, said: “Although the crisis we are living through may be new, there is nothing new

in this effect, for throughout the ages gardens have offered people a safe green space in which to restore and recharge themselves.

“Garden Day invites you to take a pause to do just that. It’s about making time to immerse ourselves in the peacefulne­ss and beauty of our plants and gardens and celebratin­g the restorativ­e power of nature.”

Government health advice applicable on Sunday May 9 in England: outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, allowed as follows:

either maximum of six people or any number of people belonging to no more than two households.

Rules vary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

I had a very rare cancer ten years ago, and since I was ill, I have found huge escapism in gardening and I get huge confidence from it, as you grow something.

Gardens definitely have the power to make us feel happier and for lots of different reasons.

When you look at something beautiful, you automatica­lly feel happier.

If you are barefoot and in the garden and feeling the grass on your feet, the movement because of the window and the sound of grasses moving in the wind all help to lift your mood.

My love of gardens comes from being surrounded by my mum gardening as I was growing up.

Garden Day is about being with friends and family and being outside. I shall be celebratin­g by making flower crowns, and it’s really nice to do it as a group. I get so much energy by being with other people.

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