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Gardening after a stroke and with heart disease

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This section of the website is for people affected by heart disease and stroke and has Thrive’s top tips and comprehensive advice to ensure that you can continue to enjoy working in your garden.

There are gardening activities designed to support your rehabilitation, recovery, health and well being. These activities are graded into 3 levels, according to intensity.

A seasonal guide gives an idea for a gardening activity that can be started in each month of the year.  Each activity can be undertaken regardless of whether you have just a windowsill, patio, conservatory or garden.

There is information on 7 ways to make your garden easier to manage by altering your garden layout and using techniques and methods of easier gardening.

There is also information about useful websites and organisations that can provide advice, resources and grants to help you to continue to enjoy gardening.

As with any new exercise program, gardeners should start their new gardening activities slowly and build up endurance. Experienced gardeners and beginners alike will benefit from simple stretching routines and a gentle warm up before gardening. If you have been inactive for some time you should consult your doctor before commencing new activities.  

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Thrive have published gardening for hearts and minds, a unique guide of gardening activities to help people affected by heart disease and stroke in their rehabilitation and recovery once discharged from hospital.

Thrive's gardening for hearts & minds guide shows how just 30 minutes of gardening a day can help recovery. The guide has a series of easy-to-follow, step-by-step progressive gardening activities which are divided into levels 1, 2 and 3. The activities will help build up your strength and stamina, relax muscles, improve your balance and movement, keep your heart healthy, burn calories and best of all make you feel good!

You can download a free copy of the guide from the Thrive website. If you would prefer to have a wiro-bound copy of the guide printed on laminated card, you can purchase copies direct from Thrive.

Find out more, download a copy and find out how to purchase Thrive's gardening for hearts &  minds guide

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Gardening activities after a stroke and with heart disease

Try these gardening activities aimed to help you use gardening as part of your rehabilitation and recovery over the coming weeks, months and years.

Find out more about gardening activities after a stroke and with heart disease

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7 ways to make your garden easier to manage

By altering your garden layout and using techniques and methods of easier gardening, you can continue gardening with a minimum of stress and effort.

Find out more about the 7 ways to make your garden easier to manage

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Seasonal guide

The seasonal guide gives you an idea for one gardening activity that can be started in each month of the year. Each activity can be undertaken regardless of whether you have just a windowsill, patio, conservatory or garden.

Find out more about the seasonal guide

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Useful websites and other organisations

A selection of useful websites and organisations that can provide advice, resources and grants to help you to continue to enjoy gardening.

Find out more about useful websites and other organisations