Building the Healthy Haven

Prescribing a Health & Wellbeing Experience!

Doctors at the Red and Green Practice in Hythe and Blackfield are prescribing a different type of treatment for their patients – the Healthy Haven, with Fairweather’s Landscapes carrying out the design & build.

After a receiving a kind donation to their charity, the friends of Red and Green decided that it should be used for the benefit of the patients and the idea of the Healthy Haven began. A garden designed to be accessible by patients both young and old. With hardstanding suitable for mobility aids and raised beds that can be reached from a wheelchair, the garden will also include sensory areas and fruit trees creating a calming environment.

“The area behind the practice in Hythe was just a lawn and not utilised and we thought it would be a great place to increase social activity” says Dr Chris Cole, Senior Partner of Red and Green Practice. “There is good evidence that ‘green care’ in the form of social and therapeutic horticulture can enhance mental wellbeing by reducing anxiety and stress through increased contact with nature; there are social benefits of group activity by helping people contribute something positive in their community.”

With Fairweather’s having their own educational garden ‘Patrick’s Patch’ run with the help of volunteers and local school children, means they can help with more than just the garden construction.

Being able to prescribe sessions to patients to help them improve their health and wellbeing, participants will be supported to make positive changes to their lifestyle and integrate the practice into the community.

Are you a patient of the Red and Green practice and have the time, knowledge and gardening expertise that can be used to pass on to other patients through volunteering? Contact Mr Phil Sayers on either 02380 899119 or e-mail Philipsayers@nhs.net and become part of this exciting project.

The Waterside Health Garden is aiming to be open in April 2019.

Before picture and the construction so far