A new series of free webinars with one of the UK’s leading wellbeing and horticultural experts is set to launch tomorrow to help mark Mental Health Awareness Week.
The online talks will be hosted by Ellen Mary, whose expertise lies in how nature and gardening can improve physical and mental health.
Ellen has been recognised as one of the Top 5 Women Influencers in Horticulture, and has previously given talks on wellbeing at events such as RHS Chelsea, RHS Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Vegfest UK, The Landscape Show as well as talks in garden centres, local garden groups and for individual companies such as Peter Beale’s Roses. She has also produced videos for BBC News and the Royal Horticultural Society.
She was due to speak at a series of events throughout the summer but with these now cancelled – and with gardening and embracing nature becoming so popular during the COVID-19 pandemic – she has taken her talks online to make them accessible to everyone.
“Coronavirus has meant isolation for so many people worldwide, which has had huge knock on effects for mental health and wellbeing,” says Ellen.
“For many people, gardening and being able to get outdoors and enjoy nature, has become a daily highlight. To truly thrive we need to connect with the natural world and during times of isolation, that connection is highlighted even more.
“It’s been heart-warming and exciting to hear of so many people enjoying gardening, nature and growing their own food, and then reaping the wellbeing benefits of this.
I want to celebrate this and help more people embrace it so will be delivering my talks still but online instead.
The webinars will be information but relaxed, so you take part however you like – listen in with your camera off, join in on chat, or have your camera on and take part with other viewers. It’s up to you!”
The first hour-long webinar will take place tomorrow (Friday, 22 May) at 3pm (GMT) when Ellen will talk through how and why we are connected to the natural world and ways that we can all feel part of the planet.
Future sessions will include The Magical World of Nature & Plants, Plants & Nature for Wellbeing, Plants for Women’s Wellbeing and Growing your own for a Plant Based Diet.