Gardens are like medicine. When Oxford Botanic Garden was first established as a Physic Garden in 1621, it was used to grow medicinal plants for teaching purposes. Today our medicines may be more advanced – but we still need gardens as places of healing.
In fact green spaces are essential for our health and wellbeing. Research shows that people who spend time in a garden are significantly more likely to report general good health, higher psychological wellbeing and greater physical activity levels than those who do not.
A tour of Harcourt Arboretum with the Curator
A unique opportunity to discover trees from around the world growing alongside tranquil British woodland and open meadows. Meet the Curator for a tour among the trees and discover what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Arboretum. There are many benefits to engaging with nature; green spaces enhance physical health, mental wellbeing and life satisfaction. The tour will be for one hour and take place at Harcourt Arboretum (OX44 9PX).
These sessions will be available on the following dates:
- Thursday, 11 August at 11am
- Thursday, 8 September at 11am
- Thursday, 27 October at 11am
Our Social Prescribing programme engages with the community through a range of activities including group walks, guided and self-guided tours, forest bathing, and meditation. These sessions are held at Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford. Harcourt Arboretum comprises 130 acres of Grade One listed heritage landscape. It sits within a wider Capability Brown-crafted landscape and includes a pinetum with some of the UK’s oldest giant redwoods, a Picturesque Serpentine Ride designed by William Gilpin, a native woodland and a wild flower meadow. Today, visitors can discover trees from around the world growing alongside tranquil British woodland and open meadows.
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