Jo Malone Supports Scottish Association for Mental Health*

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On Wednesday I was fortunate enough to be invited to Edinburgh’s Redhall Gardens, to celebrate the opening of the new Herb Garden which has been supported by Jo Malone.

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Redhall is one of a number of horticultural projects that Jo Malone supports throughout the UK – they have projects in London, Leeds and Bristol, and the work they do is truly incredible.

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People who are dealing with mental illness, as well as those suffering from addictions and hardships are able to come to Redhall and learn key horticultural skills.

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These skills can be transferred to help people deal with daily life, and well as helping them to get jobs. The rehabilitation the garden offers in truly inspiring.

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Not only are the skills the gardeners learn incredibly empowering, the time they spend outside in the fresh air is incredibly good for them physically too!

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What I found most touching about the afternoon, was just how proud everyone involved in the project was – you could feel the satisfaction, and the gardens was truly beautiful too.

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There were pockets of flowers alongside orderly rows of shrubs, and everything just felt so beautifully natural.

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For the opening, there was a great mix of people – the girls from Jo Malone, who had helped with the gardens, the gardeners, bloggers and writers – everyone was just so impressed!

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To add a gorgeously luxurious, but whimsical touch, Jo Malone candles were sprinkled around the gardens, and the air was delicately perfumed with them.

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Tucked away in one of the gardens was a gorgeous little corner filled with perfumes and lotions, where you could enjoy a hand massage.

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When it was time to hear more about the opening, we all filtered into the marquee which had the most glorious buffet.

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It was filled with the yummiest home baking courtesy of Three Sisters Bake  – you could choose from the most perfect looking array of cakes, to perfectly petite sandwiches.

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We all gathered to listen to a few opening words and watch a very moving video detailing all of the hard work which has gone into Redhall, as well as the other projects sponsored by Jo Malone around the country.

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Then, just as the rain began, we all headed to the Herb Garden, where Edinburgh’s Lord Provost cut the official ribbon.

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If you’re in Edinburgh, I would definitely recommend a trip. Not only are the gardens really beautiful, but it is the most wonderful cause, and the difference it’s made to the gardener’s lives is incredible.

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