Posted 3rd May 2018 by Peter Byrne
Throughout the year, there will be a huge amount of effort that goes into maintaining our gardens
To celebrate our labours, people from all over Somerset are being invited to put down their tools and celebrate their gardens, regardless of the size or shape.
It may sound obvious that people will head to pubs and cafes to relax, but in fact, the best place to do so could be right under our nose - in our gardens.
56.7 per cent of respondents in Somerset said they felt very relaxed after spending their time in the garden, compared to 17 per cent who said the same after going to the pub, and 11 per cent after visiting a cafe.
Living in the digital age, we are often glued to our iPhones and tablets, typically forgetting that exposure to natural environments has been scientifically proven to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone).
That is the purpose of Somerset Garden Day (Sunday 13th May). It aims to get as many people as possible to relax and connect with friends and family in their gardens and wearing flower crowns.
That's prompted the celebration to encourage everyone in Somerset to down tools, enjoy the diverse pleasures of their gardens and acknowledging the hard work that goes into keeping them special.
Charles Dowding, a pioneer of no-dig growing, said: "In this age of convenience and consumerism, we have become disconnected from nature - especially but not only if living in cities. My organic vegetable garden is not only my oasis and sanctuary, it provides us with healthy organic fruits and vegetables, and a beautiful place just to enjoy. I encourage everyone to switch off the phone or computer and head outside, into your garden or a friend's garden and feel the joy of watching and listening to nature this Somerset Garden Day."
You can find out more about the day here.