Healing garden to treat carers

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It is widely recognised gardening is good for both physical and mental well-being, especially in a world where many people are more technology-focused and increasingly distanced from nature.

Healing Garden Baile Geamhraidh, on the Isle of Lismore, will be opening the garden to the North Argyll Carers Centre as part of Gardens and Health Week being organised by Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

North Argyll Carers is a charity that provides much-needed care for those that care for others, such as parents, partners and children with disabilities or addiction and can’t look after themselves.

This time it is the carers that will be receiving the health benefits and relaxation that a garden visit can provide. Garden-owner Eva Tombs will be welcoming the group with a tour and talk about the plants, as well as the opportunity to make some teas using the herbs from the garden.

Eva’s unique garden forms part of a biodynamic farm. It has been recently created from a field and has a strong geometric layout that reflects the ecclesiastical history of the island. It has a vegetable garden, a tree nursery, a physic garden and an orchard. Wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies abound in a sea-encapsulated landscape featuring standing stones, meadows, new woodlands and mountains. There’s also a roaming herd of rare breed Shetland horned cattle.

Scotland’s Garden Scheme champions health and well-being through gardening, garden visits, volunteering and donations supporting more than 225 charities across Scotland.

Health and Gardens Week runs from May 11 to May 19 and Eva would be delighted to welcome other community groups that might also benefit from a garden visit during this period. Please contact her directly on eva.tombs@gmail.com or call 01631 760128.