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Takeover week: Guest Editor Mary Berry

Julie Bentley on Girlguiding since the 1940s. Should gardening be prescribed on the NHS to help mental wellbeing? And the joys of homemade presents and cards.

Mary Berry looks back with fondness at being a Girlguide in the 1940s and explains why she thinks it makes her the woman she is today. Jane Garvey talks to Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding UK about how the organisation has changed since Mary's day.

Doctors should prescribe gardening for patients more often, according to research by the King's Fund health think tank. The hobby can help people with physical and mental health problems. Jane is joined by Dr Sam Everington, a GP in Tower Hamlets who helped set up Bob's Park, in The Bromley by Bow Centre and Tara, member of gardening group Sage Greenfingers in Sheffield. Should gardening be prescribed on the NHS? How does it benefit women's mental health?

When was the last time you handwrote a thank you note, or made a gift? Do we take the easy way out when we just send a happy face emoji in a text message as thanks, or buy gifts from the high street? Jane asks craft bloggers Momtaz Begum-Hossain and Clare Albans about the joys of giving and receiving presents (or cards) that are home-made.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Editor: Mary Berry.

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58 minutes


  • Girl Guides

    Mary Berry and Julie Bentley, on how the girl guides has changed since Mary's day

    Duration: 07:21

  • Gardening as therapy

    Mary Berry, Dr Sam Everington and gardener Tara on the health benefits of gardening

    Duration: 15:43

  • Handmade gifts and cards

    Mary Berry, Momtaz Begum-Hossain and Clare Albans on the joy of making and sharing crafts

    Duration: 13:47

Gardening as Therapy

Handmade Gifts and Handwritten Thank You Notes

Mary Berry as a Girl Guide

Mary Berry as a Girl Guide


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Editor Mary Berry
Interviewed Guest Julie Bentley
Interviewed Guest Sam Everington
Interviewed Guest Tara
Interviewed Guest Momtaz Begum-Hossain
Interviewed Guest Clare Albans


  • Mon 13 Jun 2016 10:00

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