T.W.I.G. facilitates knowledge sharing, intergenerational connection and improves health and wellbeing.
“It feels great to get outside and get active” (Lisa)
“It gives me something to look forward to in my week” (Paul)
Community gardening is good for you
Research shows the overwhelming benefits in relation to health and wellbeing of spending time outdoors, gardening, and with others.
Gardening is considered a moderate to heavy intensity physical activity, and has been linked to significant beneficial changes in cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. Gardening helps combat obesity, and improve sleep, leads to decreased cortisol levels and positive moods which can promote relief from acute stress.
Benefits of gardening include weight loss, stress reduction, illness and injury recovery, healthy diets, skill sharing, learning, improved concentration and productivity. Research has also shown that gardening has health benefits such as increasing fruit and vegetable intake. The combination of moderate physical activity and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables has been reported to dramatically reduce an adult’s risk for many chronic diseases.
A 2003 study found that adults with a household member who participated in a community garden consumed fruits and vegetables 1.4 more times per day than those who did not participate, and they were 3.5 times more likely to consume fruits and vegetables at least 5 times daily.
Share your knowledge and learn new skills
T.W.I.G. allows people to contribute to their community, share knowledge, learn practical gardening skills and recipes for healthy eating. Feeling connected to others can strengthen a person’s mental health and wellbeing. Build your skills in permaculture-based gardening, cooking, communication and collaboration. Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and contributes to general wellbeing.
Spend time outdoors
Exposure to sunlight helps to elevate mood and being close to green space helps combat depression. Spending time in nature is associated with reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety.