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Green and Growing

Status: Ongoing


Salford United Kingdom
Print this page City population: 23390011% over 60Practice started in 2018


It is acknowledged that many older people live with long-term conditions, and hence need to use primary and secondary care services more regularly. To compensate for this. there is a range of policy frameworks to promote integration of health and social care that attempt to tackle the key issues associated with health and social care.

Social prescribing activity supports an asset based approach, designed to promote skills and attributes of the community and individual. Therapeutic horticulture is an intervention which typifies social prescribing as a non-medical, integrated intervention. Therapeutic horticulture is recognised to be a nature-based approach that promotes green therapies which can be a positive influence on an individual’s social activation (Gonzalez et al, 2010), Berget et al (2012) report that there are a range of activities that constitute “green therapy”; the most common understanding is that it can be used to promote health and well-being for people who are vulnerable or who are socially excluded.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Education, Health, Information and communication

Desired outcome for older people:
Build and maintain relationships

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Accessibility
  • Ageing in place
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation
  • Technologies

Contact details

Name: Helen Dugdale

Email address:

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Engaging the wider community
Moving forward
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