Do you enjoy gardening? Or do you want to start gardening as a hobby?
Whatever you're dreams......a veg plot, a window box or maintaining an existing garden....
Gardening with a disability can be fun...and healthy too!
How you garden and how much you do will depend on your disability (and your level of interest - of course!)
Installing rails, removing steps and grassing over flower beds made our garden more accessible.....but best of all were the raised beds that became mini allotments!
Whether you need to change the layout of your existing garden, use lighter tools or choose plants that need less maintenance it all takes time and costs money.
So, do find out if friends or local gardening groups might be able to help you with plants, building materials or an extra pair of hands.
Don't forget that your Local Authority may be able to fund some adaptations through the Disabled Facilities Grant if you need access from the home to the garden.
And..... there are gardening grants, practical help and advice, for individuals and community gardens from charities and trusts to help you enjoy gardening with a disability.
With gardening and sensory areas now popular in special schools....there is funding for these too!
Just check out the details below...
Dobbies Garden Centre has launched a national campaign called "Here We Grow" to help local communities develop green spaces and gardens.
The scheme provides funding, assistance and support to community groups, projects, schools and charities located near one of their garden centres.
Each garden centre has their own programme so you do need to contact your local Dobbies Garden Centre and ask to speak to their Community Champion.
They are able to support projects such sensory gardens and vegetable patches for schools, garden makeovers for families in need, window boxes and planting trees at hospices and disability centres.
The Gardening for the Disabled Trust provides grants to people in the UK to enable them continue gardening despite age, illness or disability.
It helps with adaptations, the cost of tools and raised beds as well as advice and information on different aids and techniques.
Before applying you will need to join their gardening club and have a letter from your Doctor or other professional confirming your disability or health condition.
To apply: Write a letter with detailed information about the work required including estimates of cost and materials. If you will need labour also include two individual quotations.
Your letter should be sent to The Secretary, PO Box 285, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 9JD
Applications are considered monthly by the Trust's committee and will be followed up by letter or telephone.
The elderly, disabled or vulnerable may qualify for help from their local council to maintain their garden.
It is only available if you are physically unable to do the work yourself and if you have no other family or friends who could help you. The service may be chargable.
Each council is different - some cut grass and hedges others include shrubs and trees. To find out about the services offered by your council the Directgov website has a quick search facility to help you find your local council.
The National Garden Scheme (NGS) offer a bursary in memory of Elspeth Thompson.
The Fund provides financial support to individuals or community projects to enable them to create a garden or project to benefit the community or to help them gain horticultural knowledge and skills.
The maximum amount awarded would not usually exceed £5,000
The closing date is 31st December in any year with decisions on funding made by the February of the following year.
To apply: Download an application form
Thrive is a small charity promoting gardening for the disabled and researching ways for the disabled to enjoy gardening.
It offers help to disabled people who want to garden at home or in a community setting with factsheets, written and audio publications. There are also opportunities to learn through roadshows across England and short training courses.
It also has another site www.carryongardening.org.uk providing practical advice on garden design, specialist tools and tips on all aspects for gardening with a disability.
Trees for Schools (Tree council)
Woodland Trust (trees for schools and youth groups)
Grant Chat - Questions and Answers
Check out the other pages…….