French charity’s green-fingered goodness

Among the Jardins et Santé-supported projects is this garden in Lorgues

The Connexion meets some of the key figures behind a charity that provides therapeutic gardens for French hospitals 

Jardins & Santé is a charity which supports the creation and development of therapeutic gardens in hospitals and medical centres.

It was founded in 2004 and was inspired in part by the UK National Gardens Scheme so that some of its fundraising comes from members who open their gardens with all proceeds going towards Jardins & Santé.

“So far, we have been able to give grants to 60 gardens,” says Martine Claire Pouchain who is Jardins et Santé regional representative in Burgundy.

She has been involved in the charity since 2005. “Each therapeutic garden is different, designed to meet the needs of each centre.

Some are a pleasant green space where people can walk in and others are created so patients can enjoy gardening themselves.

“There is a great deal of demand for our grants. In one year we had 145 requests, but we could only support 17 projects and this year there are 80 dossiers, but we will only choose five. We prefer to give a reasonable sum of money each time so that ...

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