The Royal Horticultural Society

It’s proven that “green exercise” like gardening can help reduce anxiety levels, lift your mood and improve mental wellbeing.

Brian Kingham, a former learner from Winterbourne House and Garden said “Gardening is a wonderful hobby, interest, and fascination to me, and helped me mentally and physically, teaching me to slow down and smell the roses”

With an RHS qualification you can develop your hobby to discover new skills and knowledge, such as how to grow tasty fresh food, propagate from seed, and maintain healthy plants. You’ll also get to connect with other like-minded people who share a passion for gardening.

Courses usually take place one day a week (daytime or evening) allowing you to acquire skills alongside existing interests and commitments, or if you prefer in the comfort of your own home with supported distance learning packages.

Visit the RHS website for more information and to find your nearest approved study centre.