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  • Therapeutic Horticulture

    Therapeutic Horticulture Therapeutic horticulture is the process of working with plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. 'Leo Bentley has a long history working with plants and vulnerable people as well as the public sector. Before creating Oak & Reed Leo worked with plants to aid the wellbeing of adults in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, children with autism, ADHD and of course we all remember the terrarium times when Leo held workshops all over Bristol and Bath. Working with plants is not just a career choice for him it is a lifestyle. "When you see how such a small change in nature can produce huge differences you become more intune with yourself. Working with plants benefits not just the people's mentality and physicallities but the awareness of something bigger than oneself, something that one can not control; and that is nature. This understanding of nature enables a sense and understanding of faith and trust. Key elements in anyone's progression". Therapeutic horticulture can benefit people in a number of ways Help to reduce stress Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility Help to increase productivity Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion Plants help to reduce sickness and absence rates Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment Boost creativity Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the 'great outdoors' Therapy and rehabilitation It can be part of a person’s rehabilitation process, to help recover and 'find their feet again' after an illness or a difficult time in their lives. It can help people dealing with a wide range of conditions and help learn new skillsIt can help slow down the deterioration seen when someone has a degenerative illness. Social and therapeutic horticultural also benefits people with many different disabilities, including those recovering from stroke and heart disease, blind and partially sighted people, those in the early stages of dementia and people with physical and learning disabilities. www.thrive.org.uk

  • Plants have arrived!

    Sneak peak into the new store

  • Aesop's Tables in progress

    A week before the launch of Cafe/ Oak & Reed plant store!

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  • Oak & Reed plant shop bristol easton | England

    Rainforest-sounds WE ARE OAK & REED Tropical plants, Terrariums and Fruit trees THE FULL STORY Oak & Reed has been working in horticulture for over a decade. From working on the veg patch at home to professional gardening and horticulture, to then working with our sister company 'Terram Pacifici,' (TP) - we've now expanded into a diverse plant store. Eight years ago, TP first discovered terrariums and became passionate about creating them. We have extensive knowledge of terrariums, tropical plants and their environments. After years of experience, we now hold workshops for all occasions including art therapy, parties, weddings, schools, and youth centres all over the UK. Oak & Reed now sells tropical plants and terrariums online and in-store, Broadmeed, Bristol at 'Art club' located at 12-16 Bond Street. There is also a portable store in multiple locations across Bristol. PORTFOLIO tradescantia albiflora nanouk ABOUT TERRARIUMS Self-sustainable eco-systems The first terrarium was developed by botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1842. Terrariums are mini self-sustainable eco-systems. A sealable glass container that can be opened for maintenance to access the plants inside. Closed terraria create a unique environment for plant growth, as the transparent walls allow for both heat and light to enter the terrarium. The sealed container combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small scale water cycle. This happens because the moisture from both the soil and plants evaporates in the elevated temperatures inside the terrarium. This water vapour then condenses on the walls of the container and eventually falls back to the plants and soil below. This contributes to creating an ideal environment for growing plants due to the constant supply of water, thereby preventing the plants from becoming over dry. In addition to this, the light that passes through the transparent material of the terrarium allows for the plants within to photosynthesize a very important aspect of plant growth. ​ Please see the store to buy one of our pre-made terrariums, or book us for a course. ​ CONTACT Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • services | Oak & Reed

    Workshops and horticultural therapy Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and nature to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. Oak & Reed has been holding workshops in both the public sector and the private sector for many years. ​ Our workshops our tailored to suit people of all capabilities. We aim for our all of our clients to better their physical health and motor skills. To Improve their mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement. To have The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion. We believe acquiring new skills can improve the chances of finding employment and simply just feeling better from working with nature and being in touch with nature. ​ The public sector has a few options available for each subject. for example the classes can be complimented with champagne or cocktails. children's party food and decorations or vegan deserts with botanical beverages. Please email with your enquiries. Terrarium workshop Soon to open up after covid Successful cuttings Soon to open up after covid Botanical art classes Soon to open up after covid Paludarium workshop Soon to open up after covid Get a Quote This is a Paragraph. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start editing the content. First Name Last Name Email Send Thanks for submitting!

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