We are excited to have created an exhibition with the Project Soothe team at the University of Edinburgh Department of Clinical Psychology  in the Real Life Science Studio at the John Hope Gateway.

Project Soothe’s mission is to develop a bank of soothing photographs that can be used to improve mental health and wellbeing. They have gathered over six hundred images from citizen scientists and are now using those same citizens to explore what soothes us and maybe what does not.

The Botanics has provided a beautiful, restorative environment to over ten generations visitors. We hope that by exploring and explaining what is soothing about nature we will find new ways to conserve both the world of plants and people’s health.

Please come along and learn more about our work and share what you find soothing in the submitted images and in our wonderful garden.

Stella Chan (University of Edinburgh) & Roger Hyam (RBGE)