Why Mental Health & Gardens

Traditionally, the British have a profound relationship with their gardens. For so many, green spaces can be a therapeutic haven, places to go when emotions need processing. A safe space to reflect and re-centre.

27% of the adult population in the UK¹ will have experienced at least one of a series of mental disorders in the past year. The cost of mental ill health in England is estimated at £105 billion per year².There is a positive correlation between access to green spaces and improved mental health. Parks and green spaces are estimated to save the NHS around £111 million per year based solely on a reduction in GP visits and excluding any savings from prescribing or referrals³. It is also said

that if every household in England had good access to quality green space it could save an estimated £2.1 billion on health care costs⁴. We have therefore chosen to support charities that specialise in mental health in four key areas: awareness, prevention, treatment and support. Working together on projects that provide a routine and a sense of belonging and achievement to those recovering and living with mental health problems. Projects connected to therapeutic horticulture and the restorative power that nature can provide.

To date we have supported the creation of seven charity gardens across the UK providing communities with better access to nature, specifically concentrating our efforts in urban areas where gardens may be scarce. The maintenance and care of these gardens reduce the mental health problems of those attending. The garden forms part of a therapeutic programme.

The space becomes a sanctuary for many. Encouraging individuals to develop their physical and mental health through routine and the sense of achievement gardening can provide. Helping people re-connect and grow.

To date we have supported the creation of eight charity gardens across the UK

Our Charity Candles

We are committed to funding all stages and aspects of mental health, focusing on: awareness, prevention, support and treatment. We have created four Charity Home Candles designed to stamp out stigmas, one step (and candle) at a time allowing us to continue to fund mental health charities.

75% (less VAT) of the retail price of each Charity Home Candle sold in the UK & Ireland goes directly to supporting mental health projects and inspirational charities who help individuals and families affected by mental health problems.

Love Letters From Britain

Love Letters From Britain uncovers the stories behind luxury brands making a positive difference. A film produced by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions exploring how we at Jo Malone London are shining a light on mental health, supporting those living with mental health problems and empowering people to recover, reconnect and grow. We are proud to have supported Thrive for nearly a decade, alongside other inspirational charities and their dedicated projects to raise awareness and provide support. 

Thrive’s mission is to harness the power of gardening to transform lives. We have partnered with Thrive to reimagine The Old English Garden in London’s Battersea Park. The film shows how this once-neglected gem has been transformed into a blooming hub for the community, cared for by trainee gardeners who live with the challenges of mental health.

Our Charities

The donations are divided between the following charities:

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (23%), Martineau Gardens (5%), NSPCC (10%), Phoenix Futures (9%), Pieta House (9%), the Redhall Walled Garden (SAMH Scottish Association for Mental Health) (8%), Rotunda Limited (3%), St Mungo’s (12%), Thrive (Society for Horticultural Therapy) (8%) The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester (3%),  and Black Minds Matter UK (10%).

Although much of our commitment is financial we also offer resources to our chosen charities. Our staff volunteer across many of the programs helping in our gardens and also give generously through sponsored events and charity sales. We feel privileged to provide advice and consultancy to all of our partners, ensuring that they are given support across communications, event planning and increasing the awareness around their initiatives.

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Çalışanlarımız ve İş Yerimiz

Yeteneklere değer vermek  ve ekiplerimizin refahını desteklemek önemlidir. Kapsayıcılığı benimseyen davetkar bir iş yeri yaratmaya çalışıyoruz.

Sürdürülebilir Uygulamamız

Doğal dünya sonsuza kadar ilham kaynağımız olacak ve daha sürdürülebilir bir gelecek için çalışırken onu korumada rol oynamayı umuyoruz.

1 Mental Health Taskforce NE. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. 2016
[cited 2017 May 23]; Available from: england.nhs.uk

2 Mental Health Taskforce NE. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. 2016
[cited 2017 May 23]; Available from: england.nhs.uk

3 Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces: Measuring their economic and wellbeing value to individuals, Fields in Trust 2018

4 The role of the natural environment in maintaining healthy lives, Natural England 2009