Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith: A sense of purpose grows in people who grow vegetables

Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychologist, psychologist, gardener and literary lover, one of the UK’s most respected sellers. A well-established mind It brings together all the desire to look at the relationship between gardening and mental health.

Stuart-Smith’s book extensively explores the use of green spaces for housing development, gardens, and rehabilitation of people in prisons.

She worked as a doctor and worked for many years in the UK National Health Service and studied English literature at the University of Cambridge. She is married to veteran garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith, and for the past 30 years the couple has created the world-famous Bern Garden in Hertford.

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Stuart-Smith admits that he had previously viewed gardening as a chore, but when he met his wife, he was a “loving and knowledgeable gardener.”

They had the opportunity to live in a modest barn in Hertford, and to create an empty garden.

I was determined to be a part of it and to try and learn it, but I probably saw it as homework for four or five years.

I started to connect until I started my own little garden in our plan.

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Cottage at Hertford.
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She was raised in the story of her grandfather Ted, who had some traumatic experiences during World War I. He was captured at sea and spent time in a series of brutal labor camps beginning in the spring of 1915.

He was lucky to make it home – 70% of the prisoners, including Kiwis and Australians, died.

When he returned home, he was malnourished, and his grandmother became ill, and he enrolled in a 12-month horticultural rehabilitation school.

And that turned his life around.

Stuart-Smith was sent home from WWI troops to create small gardens on both sides of the lines (German and allied sides), often behind the walls of the pit.

They wanted the color – the flowers from their home. I think it helped them to hold on to the truth, it gave them a little beauty.

In fact, they were facing the worst industrial war ever and the terrifying landscape around them.

It is clear from these letters from the soldiers that these small compensatory measures helped keep them healthy.

According to Stuart-Smith, the soldiers had been inactive for a long time in the middle of a shootout, so gardening and gardening gave them something interesting and creative.

She says the power to find a way out is often unimaginable.

And that is something that is very important to anyone who survives a traumatic event … You can bring something new to the world, and if you can do that, you can imagine a different future.

She likened planting a bulb to “setting up a small time bomb on the move” and said that gardening was crucial to giving a sense of the future of the epidemic.

When people are disrupted by plans for work or family, gardening is one activity that can be safely carried out.

Gardeners may begin planning two or three months in advance of what is important and related to the dopamine system in terms of neuro-chemistry.

Once you start thinking about the future, other things will follow, such as feelings of purpose, motivation, and so on.

Garden by Tom Stuart-Smith

Garden by Tom Stuart-Smith
Photo YouTube / Tom Stewart-Smith

Stuart-Smith visited the Greenhouse program on Recreard Island, New York’s Central Prison.

Prisoners Next to the gardening project is another for former inmates.

It was a real privilege to visit that project and talk to the inmates involved in gardening there, and I was impressed by the simple power of gardening during those discussions.

Many men and women have always been in trouble in various ways, have not achieved much in their lives and have never been praised but want to turn around.

When they grow flowers and vegetables, they see what they can share with others and they are praised and this increases their self-esteem.

This is a very effective intervention.

In the aftermath of the International Finance Project, She describes the incredible edible project launched in 2008 in northern England. He changed the city of Todomer’s mill, she says.

A group of female runners began planting beans and other vegetables in a neglected area and placing a sign saying, “Help yourself.”

More vacant land has been taken and now anyone, residents or visitors, can help themselves to the product.

It has certainly changed, it has resulted in gardening projects in schools, it has increased the creation of placements there and it has really boosted the local economy because food access has become more important, shops have been created and so on.

And he is a truly dynamic model.

She says one of the most exciting initiatives in Todomer during the epidemic is to increase the number of bookshelves in gardens and allow people to pick up or drop off books, especially children’s books.

Studies show that even those who do not have enough gardening can take care of their plants.


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