Thank you to the key workers

At 8pm tonight Gail’s husband, Colin did his bit to show his appreciation for not just our NHS but all frontline workers doing an amazing job during these unprecedented times. The Cart Mill family were all out clapping tonight as we continue to support everyone working so hard in our community.
Thank you!

Why our garden makes us smile

Everyone knows I love being outside and I’m at my happiest in the garden. Today, I thought I’d tell you why I love it so much. I want to share my favourite flowers that are in my garden right now, as well as the benefits I get from gardening.
I have a few things flowering in the garden just now that make me smile;
My camellia, I love the vibrant colours and the fact the plant was a present from my mum.

Daffodils, I love their cheery yellow heads, so bright and happy. They always make me feel that winter is finally over.

My hellebore, known as a Christmas rose but mine never flower at Christmas. I love their delicate colours and the detail in each flower.

My apple tree, it’s not quite flowering but the buds are starting to appear. I love seeing these buds as it is a sign that new life is on the way.

So why do I do it?
Gardening reduces stress.
Evidence shows gardening reduces the levels of cortisol in the body.
Gardening boosts the immune system.
Evidence shows direct contact with dirt and plants boosts the body’s immune system.
Gardening is a workout.
3 hours of moderate gardening is equivalent to a 1 hour workout in the gym.
Gardening and friendly bacteria.
Soil contains a natural antidepressant that makes us feel happier.
Gardening promotes healthy eating.
If you grow your own vegetables you are more conscious of having a healthy diet.
Gardening helps your brain.
Daily gardening keeps your brain active.

Why don’t you do some gardening? Get out, if you can, look at the plants in the garden. Plant some things – apple seeds, tomato seeds, see what will grow. If you don’t have a garden, what about looking after houseplants or window boxes? Why not share your time exploring nature with our twitter @cartmillcentre so we can see what you have been up to.

“The flower that follows the sun, does so even on a cloudy day”

Love Val ❤️ 💐 🌳 🌈