A COLLABORATIVE POST WITH NUROFEN
I have a love of gardening, that has been passed down through the generations of women in my family. I can remember years ago, when I was a child, visiting the Zoo with my great-grandmother, and was shocked when she took out of her bag, a plastic bag and a sharp knife – and began taking cuttings from the plants in the ornate zoo gardens. Looking back now, I think, why not?! Although I think my kids would be mortified!
Such is the love of gardening for my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mum, it’s only natural that I too share this ‘green gene’. But, I am all too aware that as I get older I shall suffer more aches and pains through general weeding that I used to.
So, last month, I was invited to a 24hour pop-up garden in Kings Cross station. A collaborative project with Nurofen and the charity, PainUK. With my love of gardening and knowing how beneficial it can be, I couldn’t wait to see it.
The garden was built in just 24 hours by a gardening team and helped by 24 people, that have suffered from body pain. It was built to showcase just what can be achieved when not held back by pain. It was amazing. There in the centre of Kings Cross station, a pretty little garden – an oasis of calm in the midst of rush hour commute.
Looking closer, I discovered helpful tips dotted amongst the plants, sharing advice on how to look after yourself in the garden. Did you know that almost 10 million Britons suffer from pain most days resulting in a major impact on their quality of life? Pain can hinder people from embracing activities they love like gardening and causes them to miss out on the proven health and well-being benefits, such as fresh air and exercise.
Simple tips to help prevent injury and pain:
- Keep Moving – gardening is a great way to stay active.
- Warm Up – this helps reduce the risk of injury.
- Stretch – to improve your flexibility.
- Stay Hydrated – drink water to ease headaches.
- Posture – good posture is key to help prevent muscular pain.
- Pain Relief – an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen can help relieve joint and muscle pain.
The activity coincides with the brands recent launch of the Nurofen Joint & Muscular Pain Relief 200mg Medicated Plaster*
The garden was built in support of the charity Pain UK, who provide advice and support to people living with pain in the UK. If you are suffering with pain, there is a wealth of great advice and contacts, so do check out their website (http://www.painuk.org), or find them on Twitter (@Pain_UK).
I thought the Body Garden was a triumph, and really showed us what can be achieved in such a short space of time. Do take a look at the time lapse film – showing how it was all achieved.
Collaboration Note: This post was sponsored by Nurofen. The compensation received in exchange for placement on Littlegreenshed is used to purchase props, take and edit the images, write/edit the blog post and support Lou and her family.
While compensation was received in exchange for coverage, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. Sponsored posts like these allow for the development of additional dynamic content to be produced, unsponsored. Thank you for supporting our partners!
*Nurofen Joint & Muscular Pain Relief 200mg Medicated Plaster is indicated for pain relief of muscular strains or sprains close to the joint of the upper or lower limb. Contains ibuprofen. Always read the label.