Research into garden influences on health & wellbeing seek participants

Researchers are looking for people to take part in a psychological intervention to explore how spending time in the garden influences health and wellbeing


Part of an ongoing PhD research project by Bethany Harries, in collaboration with RHS Wisley and the University of Surrey, the study explores how spending time in the garden influences one’s health and wellbeing.

Participants are needed to contribute to the study, which has SAGE ethical approval through the University of Surrey and is supervised by; Professor Birgitta Gatersleben Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey; the Senior Lecturer in Environmental Psychology, Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe and Professor Alistair Griffiths, the Director of Science & Collections at Royal Horticultural Society.

Research participants will be required to spend 20 minutes in their gardens, each week for six weeks. They will be sent specific instructions to complete, whilst they spend time in the garden. All information collected will be anonymous, data collected will be analysed, and results will be included in a research report. No participant will be identified in the report created from this study.

Taking part in this study is completely voluntary and participants are free to withdraw at any time without reason or consequence. For further details and to take part, register here. If you have any questions or comments about this survey, please contact Bethany Harries on