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  • Annabelle Padwick presents gardening and wellbeing vision at GLEE 2018

    Founder of Life at No.27, Annabelle Padwick, is as an expert speaker at GLEE 2018.
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    Annabelle will explain how gardening can help those struggling with mental health challenges.
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    She will share her own personal story – which led to setting up Life at No.27.
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    Visitors and exhibitors will be the first to get an in-depth insight into her social enterprise-led vision.
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    It aims to create an allotment-based support network that will help improve the lives of people of all ages across the UK.

    Annabelle Padwick at Glee

    Annabelle says: ?Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
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    There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening. These include improved confidence, mobility, communication, concentration and self-belief.
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    “Using my own experiences, I have begun laying the foundations for a social enterprise.
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    “It will be accessible through self-referral, GPs, psychiatrists and local councils.
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    ?The subject of health and wellbeing is already prolific across the food and fitness industries.
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    “It also offers a multitude of opportunities for garden retailers to communicate the benefits of gardening.
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    “This enables retailers to appeal to a wider audience, increase their customer bases and connect with those who have a long lifetime value.
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    I?m excited to have this opportunity to connect with garden retailers and brands at the upcoming show.”

    Glee: “pleased Annabelle is here”

    Matthew Mein, Glee event director said: ?Research has shown gardening can improve mental well-being and physical health. We know the role it can play as the ?Natural Health Service?.
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    “You will see this through the exhibitors at Glee and also the innovative Retail Lab area. There is a focus on the importance that gardening plays in our well-being.
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    “Annabelle?s speaker session echoes this. It will show first hand the positive impact gardening can have upon a person, family, or community.
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    “We?re so pleased that Annabelle Padwick is able to join us at Glee, and are grateful for her sharing her story to help others.?
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    Annabelle has been promoting the benefits of gardening since 2015.
    She has recently agreed to be a Thrive Ambassador, joining landscape expert, Mark Lane and TV gardener, David Domoney.
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    ‘It?s not what you grow, it?s how YOU grow’ is on Tuesday, 11th September at 11:00am. ‘Community and CSR Engagement: The benefits a National Initiative can bring to you’ is on Wednesday 12th September at 1:30pm.

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