Garden centres reopening will help mental health

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People's mental health will benefit from garden centres reopening on Tuesday, when the country moves to alert level 3, Gardening New Zealand says.

The return to alert level 3 means garden centres will be reopening, although with contactless service.

Gardening New Zealand, which represents gardening centres, said gardening was an activity with proven mental-health benefits.

Its spokesperson Debbie Pascoe says that in times of hardship and stress it was important people for to have something positive to do at home.

She says growing your own healthy produce also provided food security.

Debbie says now was a great time to start planting a winter vegetable garden.


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Better late than never

Posted on 27-04-2020 12:53 | By

Garden Centres should never of been shut down at all, only their cafes. The centres themselves are never busy and it is very easy for the public to keep a good 2m apart. They are far less busy that a supermarket and it would of made a huge difference if people could of bought vege plants and other plants to full in time and keep them busy in the gardens during the month long shut down.