Green Wellbeing at Treborth Botanic Garden
Treborth Botanic Garden, situated on the shores of the Menai Strait is owned by Bangor University and exists to further the conservation, sustainable use and enjoyment of plants and the natural world through education, research, training and community engagement. The garden is comprised of native ancient woodland, species rich unimproved grassland, fruit orchards and many mature trees and shrubs. There are six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents, and carnivorous plants.
What is Treborth doing about green wellbeing?
It is now well researched that being outside in a green space has a positive impact for improving health and mental wellbeing. From the greenhouses, out to the woodland shore, Treborth has a great diversity of green spaces which can provide an experience to help with positive mental and physical health wellbeing.
The Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden and Students for Treborth Action Group (STAG) are volunteer groups that help to keep the gardens maintained, with regular gardening sessions each Wednesday and Friday and we have a monthly Sunday workparty day too. When asking volunteers why they like to garden, it’s great to hear “it makes me feel good”.
Many people of all ages come to the garden to get outside into the fresh air and do some physical exercise, some say it’s much cheaper and more interesting than going to a gym! Everyone joins in at their own pace and there is a real sense of personal and group achievement, especially when people are getting involved in a project. It’s a great way to meet new people if you want to, share common interests with others, and learn new skills for yourself too. Gardening is a great stress buster; it can help people through a specific period of difficulty in their lives, helping get back on top of things and restore balance when life feels out of control. Digging, pruning, raking and weeding each provide a physical outlet for the tension we store in our bodies and minds.
Want to find out more?
Come along, have a look around and have a chat about volunteering at Treborth Botanic Garden.