Gardening and belonging: reflections on how social and therapeutic horticulture may facilitate health, wellbeing and inclusion

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A sense of belonging is a key element in enabling social inclusion through meaningful occupations. This is evident in occupational science and social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) literature. How these theories interact in practice was explored at Thrive's STH project in Battersea in London. A workshop conducted with Thrive Battersea's therapists examined how gardening may facilitate health and wellbeing through belonging. The authors reflect on themes of belonging from the workshop. The implications for occupational therapy from this apparently rich synergy of occupational science, STH and social inclusion are considered.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2010

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

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    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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