Herald - Issue 409

Page 56 • The HERALD • 15th July 2021 v GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE HERALD v Contact Nick 07825 662955 or 023 8017 3186 (office) • Local Domestic and Commercial Tree Surgeons • Hedging work • Tree reductions • Thinning • Tree dismantles • Arboricultural reports and Surveys • Fencing Free no obligation quotation, and free advice E: enquiries@langleyarb.com W: www.langleyarb.com Innovators in Metal Quality Iron Works Guaranteed. Small and large jobs undertaken, from gates and railings to weathervanes & curtain poles. Call Nathan on 07500 016546 customerservices@phoenixironworks.co.uk www.phoenixironworks.co.uk Unit B, Brokenford Business Centre, Brokenford Lane, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9LZ | DOWN THE GARDEN PATH | GARDENING FOR GOOD HEALTH by Dr Helen Flaherty, Head of Health Promotion at Heart Research UK Gardens and greenspaces have been hugely important to many people during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people nding their refuge through gardening. Here we explore some of the health and mental wellbeing bene ts of gardening. Stress relief Gardening is a fantastic stress reliever and can cultivate feelings of empowerment, connection, and calm. Being in touch with nature and the great outdoors can help you feel more removed from the daily stressors of life. Work out Gardening is exercise and working in a garden can use every major muscle group in the body. While activities such as raking and cutting the grass may be light exercise, shovelling and digging can be counted as vigorous exercise. gain a keen interest in eating them too. Work with what you have Whether your patch is large or small, a raised bed, a community garden or window box – make the most of it by researching the best plants for your space and sunlight exposure. You can grow a range of things with very little space and maintenance, whilst still reaping the bene ts. Happy gardening! You can nd lots more tips, recipes and health advice at: www.heartresearch.org.uk Grow your own ere is nothing quite like eating your own fresh home grown produce! Not only are many fruits and vegetables very easy to grow, but they are also more nutrient-dense, free of pesticides and tasty. By growing your own, you are also helping to preserve the environment. Get the kids involved It can sometimes be a challenge to get children to eat healthy foods and enjoy them. Growing vegetables not only teaches children valuable lessons about the work that it takes to grow them, but it can also help them to

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