The Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable held a conference in July 2016 to promote health and wellbeing – listen to audio recordings of the main speakers' sessions
In 2015 the horticulture industry came together to agree the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable (OHRT) Action Plan; a document with 12 'asks' to secure a vibrant and viable future for the horticulture industry for the next five years. As part of this the ‘Health & Horticulture Forum’ was established as a working group with horticultural and healthcare organisations represented.
The Ornamental Roundtable Health & Horticulture conference brought together 150 key stakeholders from public health, science, and horticulture with policy makers from the government for the first time on 4 July 2016. Conference attendees drafted a Health & Horticulture Charter Framework that aims to incorporate horticulture into everyone’s life. The Charter has a set of actions to be undertaken by the Health & Horticulture Forum to support horticulture based interventions, to demonstrate and evidence the health, well-being, and economic benefits of embedding the horticulture-health connection into decision-making at all levels.
The most pressing challenge is to ensure that the NHS and commissioners recognise that horticultural design and exposure to green infrastructure can reduce health inequalities and provide a cost-effective solution over the long term. As a result, a conference hosted by the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group took place at the 2016 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to an audience of 150 invited specialists from the health, voluntary, horticultural, gardening and policy sectors. Slideshows and mp3 recordings from the sessions are available below.