Prince William & Kate Middleton Announce Partnership to Create Therapy Gardens for Mental Health Support in Wales

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The foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales has recently announced a novel project aimed at creating therapy gardens for mental health support.

The announcement was made in partnership with Life at No.27, a horticultural therapy and mental health counselling provider, and will involve the creation of six gardens in south Wales.

The first garden will be developed at Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre near the town of Pontyclun in Wales. Prince William and Kate are expected to visit the site on Tuesday to mark the occasion.

The Brynawel garden will feature a collection of allotments, a communal sensory and herbal garden, a mud kitchen, and an interactive learning space.

It will provide free and low-cost gardening therapy and mental health support sessions for service users and their families, as well as residents from the wider community experiencing mental ill health, low confidence, or isolation, who will be referred through GP referrals.

The Royal Foundation has partnered with national and local organisations to support the design and build, and provide funding, tools, plants, seeds, and materials for landscaping.

The initiative is part of a series of projects intended to leave a lasting impact in the communities visited by Prince William and Kate during their royal engagements.

The visit to the Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre will also offer the opportunity for the couple to learn about the centre's efforts to help individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Additionally, the couple will visit a leisure and fitness centre in Aberavon, where they will meet Welsh athletes Harrison Walsh and Hannah Brier, and tour the headquarters of the Wales Air Ambulance charity in Llanelli.

Kate, who has long recognized the importance of spending time outdoors, created a Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019.

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