Health and gardening

As spring gets into full swing, bringing with it longer days and warmer weather, it’s time to celebrate the season in all its colours as Chelsea transforms into a horticultural paradise. In homage to this year’s flower show, at The Lister Hospital, a CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ hospital in Chelsea, we have carefully built our own healthcare-inspired garden. Titled ‘Health in Full Bloom’ it’s focused on the impact that gardening can have on the body, both good and bad.
Suzy Canham CEO Lister Hospital

A warm welcome from Suzy

For Health in Full Bloom we focus on the impact being green-fingered can have on our heart, joints and mind, as well as sharing diet, nutritional and overall health and wellbeing tips for you as we move from spring to summer.

We hope that you find our garden health section fun and informative, and that it encourages you to take an interest in your natural surroundings and visit our garden outside the entrance to The Lister Hospital, as well as take the time to look after your health. 

Suzy Canham
Chief Executive Officer , The Lister Hospital

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Outside the entrance to The Lister Hospital, a rather sharp, grey, sloping space has been transformed into our Health in Full Bloom garden. Huge thanks goes to Frames for Florists from New Covent Garden Flower Market, who helped us visualise and build this blooming feat.

Health in Full Bloom plant list 

Did you know?

Up to 30%

of Britain's carbon footprint comes from growing, transporting, packaging, retailing and cooking food, together with the clearing of the land to grow the food in the first place. 

Thinking of growing your own veggies?

In the last decade, there has been a 360 per cent increase in people following plant-based diets. Not only are people consuming more fruit and vegetables, but last year, the number of packs of vegetable seeds far outsold those for flowers in London’s garden centres, according to the Royal Horticultural Society. 

Growing your own veggies has a number of benefits. Apart from the fresh air and exercise involved in the cultivation and the health benefits of eating your own fresh produce, those who are environmentally friendly will also be aware of the food miles that have been cut by not importing veggies from oversees.

The only thing stopping urban dwellers from getting their hands dirty is the lack of time and space to grow the veggies. However, there are many ways that this can be overcome…
Gardening provides a perfect opportunity that combines physical exercise to a pleasurable activity that brings us close to nature.

Mr Sam Oussedik, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Sun protection when you're in the garden

Sun protection when you're in the garden

Although we're always hoping for sunny weather, for our gardens and our general health, being outside for prolonged periods in the sun can lead to sunburn.

At this time of year there is a lot of UV light around and whilst our plants might love it, there are some precautions you should take.  

Gardening and heart health

You may not necessarily link gardening to your heart, but did you know gardening can cut the risk of a heart attack and stroke and prolong life by as much as 30% in the over 60's?

We've found a recent study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which looks at the health benefits of incorporating regular physical activity such as gardening as part of your daily routine. 
Gardening for a health heart

Low-allergen gardens

Gardens can bring about allergies that include persistent sneezing as well as itchy eyes and nose. However there are small changes you can make to your garden to help reduce your risk.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body but the soul. 

Poet Alfred Austin

Gardening and digestive health

What we eat can have an impact on our digestion and digestive health. We offer some key do's and don'ts to help manage symptoms of popular digestive condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Gardening and your joints and bones

Working on a garden, no matter how big or small, is a physical activity and can involve bending and lifting, repetitive movements and pressure on the knees, hands and wrists.

We have some top tips to help you enjoy gardening to the maximum, whilst looking after your joints and bones.


Gardening and mindfulness

Mindfulness is the mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Some argue that nothing can connect you more to your surroundings than spending time gardening. Tending to plants is likely to help focus the mind and positively impact mental health.

Contact The Lister Hospital

We hope you enjoyed our garden, if you would like a printed copy of the Health in Full Bloom brochure or would like to make appointment to see a specialist please contact us.

020 3993 5961
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