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    Making bird feeders at our Ayr site
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    Gardening Leave tends to
    the invisible wounds of conflict

    An estimated 20% of veterans carry a mental wound; and these need as much healing as any physical wound. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, increased levels of anxiety, hyper-vigilance, insomnia, inability to concentrate, mood swings, intrusive thoughts, depression, possible psychosis, and substance misuse/self-medication. As a result many veterans become socially isolated, staying indoors and unable to work.

    Whatever the cause of the mental health issues veterans – younger or older, male or female, with or without physical wounds – are referred to us to help support their healing and transition to civilian life.

    Gardening Leave uses horticultural therapy to support our troubled veterans on their journey to good health and their transition to civilian life. We offer professionally conducted, individualised, goal-oriented treatment sessions to maximise a veteran’s physical, psychological and social strength, and enhance general health and wellbeing.

    Click here to read or download our leaflet.

    See how we work in our Royal Hospital Chelsea garden in the video below.

    (Reproduced with permission from our friends at British Forces News).

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    RT @MadogBarn @gardening_leave Thanks, we had so much fun doing it! Great service you provide, a very worthy cause we were happy to support.

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    Veterans enjoying Gardening Leave's Ayrshire 'tatties' yesterday for lunch. 1.5hrs from harvest to table! Delicious ow.ly/i/6jpYY

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    RT @MrMrsGardens Keep an eye on any plants you have in pots. This warm & sunny weather is drying them out in no time. Water daily. 1 rainy day isn't enough.

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