Gardening in an evidenced based way to improve mood and self-esteem

It's a well known stat that one in four of us will directly experience a mental health problem. 


Is it conceivable that a therapeutic intervention that can substantially reduce the human and other costs of mental distress is available on our doorsteps? Should people with experience of mental distress be given the opportunity to engage with therapeutic horticulture instead of, or in addition to, drugs and psychological therapy?

We exist because we believe the answer to all these questions is ‘yes’. The evidence base for eco-therapy is growing stronger and we have the personal stories to prove it.  

​Is MindFood for me?

MindFood's courses are aimed at supporting people who are experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety as well as people who want to take steps to prevent mental ill health.


The courses are able to support people who:


- Are over the age of 18

- Have a GP as their primary clinician 
- Are a resident in West London


We are accessible by public transport with Hanger lane & Alperton tube stations being a 5 minute walk, and regular buses nearby.

By bike, both are sites are very close to canal routes, and we have secure places to store your bike.


We encourage anyone who feels they could benefit from being involved in our activities to get in touch to discuss whether MindFood would be right for you. 


Therapeutic natural environment 


MindFood wants to play it’s role in the growing success of ecotherapy by helping to reconnect people with mental health issues with earth and nature, which has been proven to have a powerful therapeutic effect.

Mind, the leading mental health charity, and the University of Essex carried out research on the benefits of care farms and 94% of people interviewed commented that eco-therapy had benefited their mental health 

Our impact on participants


Since coming to MindFood, participants agreed or strongly agreed:

  • 80% feeling calmer

  • 80% feeling greater sense of purpose

  • 90% feeling less isolated

  • 82% feeling happier

  • 100% feeling physically fitter

  • 70% are sleeping better

  • 71% are eating healthier foods

"I learnt  how to be mindful of the moment, and not the past or future, to stop my anxiety attacks"
Natalia, a Growing Wellbeing participant