Cultivating Wellbeing: LVS Hassocks’ Enchanting Horticultural Haven
At LVS Hassocks, a remarkable specialist school for children with autism, there lies a hidden gem within its expansive grounds—a captivating horticultural area. This thriving sanctuary not only cultivates vibrant crops but also nurtures the mental health and wellbeing of its students.
Students eagerly engage with the natural world and reap the rewards of nature’s therapy. This exceptional initiative recognizes the profound impact that gardening can have on mental health, providing solace, grounding, and a sense of accomplishment.
Joanna Smith, a passionate teacher at LVS Hassocks, who has witnessed the incredible transformations that occur within the horticultural area said, “The horticultural area is truly magical. Our students not only learn about plants and gardening, but they also develop invaluable life skills such as patience, responsibility, and teamwork. It’s incredible to witness their confidence soar as they watch their efforts bear fruit, both literally and metaphorically.”
One student said “Being in the horticultural area makes me feel happy and calm. I like taking care of the plants and watching them grow. It’s amazing to see what we can create together. When I’m here, I forget about everything else and just focus on the beauty around me.”
This haven of growth and tranquility provides a sanctuary where the students can thrive, fostering mental health, wellbeing, and invaluable life skills. As summer unfolds, let us celebrate the bountiful harvest and the unwavering dedication of teachers and students who cultivate not only crops but also hope, resilience, and a deep connection to the natural world.