Social Welfare Gardens is a series of elaborate indoor botanical gardens, with Victorian-era greenhouses, rare and indigenous flora, and manicured lawns.
The Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy or forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of well-being. But for many people now, due to age, transport and poverty issues, a trip to the forest or even the garden centre is just not accessible.
Hence, the Social Welfare Garden - a place where you can sit with plants in a relaxed and accessible environment. Free from dog fowl, traffic and noise, the garden is open to all who want peace and reflection in nature. It is a silent space. No talking, no phones, just quiet.
The Social Welfare Garden will employ a certified horticulturist who will take one apprentice every year through the government CE scheme.