Visiting beautiful well-tended gardens can often inspire you to want to do more with your own Woodford, Chigwell or Loughton garden. For some people seeing a garden can even inspire the uninitiated to try gardening for the first time.
Visiting some of the National Garden Scheme gardens can be a real inspiration and 20, Goldhaze Close, Woodford Green, London IG8 7LE is part of the Open Gardens for National Gardens Scheme. On Sunday 11th August 2019 between 12:30 to 17:30, admission £5 (for charity), children free, it is open and there are also home-made teas available.
20 Goldhaze Close, Woodford Green is a 100ft L-shaped landscaped garden bursting with over 100 plants grown in different types of conditions. It has a huge 35 yr-old eucalyptus that resembles a mature oak with a different kind of beautiful bark. There are paths lined with a strawberry tree, roses, campsis, penstemons, crocosmia and variety of other plants. There are vegetables in pots grown from seed in a greenhouse and a secret decked garden area.
Not so long ago a Dutch study asked two groups to complete a stressful task. Afterwards, one group was invited to garden for 30 minutes, while the other group read indoors. Not only did the gardening group report better moods than the reading group, they also had measurably lower cortisol levels.
Cortisol is the “stress hormone” that may influence more than just mood: chronically elevated cortisol levels have been linked to everything from immune function to obesity to memory and learning problems and heart disease. They also report that it is not just brain hormones that are causing higher self-esteem scores for gardeners. The study suggests that there’s no more tangible measure of one’s power to cause positive change in the world than to nurture a plant from seed to fruit or flower-bearing maturity.
Not only will moving to Chigwell, but Loughton or Woodford also help you have more space for a garden there are loads of lovely open spaces and delightful local gardens to inspire you and improve your health.