Clients & their stories
I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thanks for the grant for the garden. It has changed my access to the garden and the garden itself beyond belief.
Stanley Grange is a small sheltered residential community set in rural Lancashire providing homes for adults with learning disabilities, many of whose families and financing local authorities come from all over the UK.
It is a vibrant happy place with small scale housing which can caters for up to 42 people, all arranged around a central village green and a community hall for social activities.
Stanley Grange is working hard to develop services that provide opportunities for employment, education, training and volunteering. This includes a thriving garden centre that is being upgraded after many years of neglect. Fifteen of the residents currently work here, propagating, caring and nurturing a good selection of plants, which are for sale to general public, along with hanging baskets and Christmas Wreaths. Willow is grown to make sculptures, and wooden planters are also made.
GDT were delighted to provide a grant that enabled the purchase of 4 sturdy trolleys with which to transport plants, soil and general gardening equipment around the nursery. Trustee David Bell was extremely grateful and said “Being able to purchase the trolleys will be a tremendous help and make such a difference as they are items that we have needed for some time”
One of the GDT committee members was able to pay Stanley Grange a visit over the summer and was delighted to meet several residents, including Mark, whose passion, (amongst a few others!) is growing vegetables. He said the trolleys were light, manoverable and incredibly useful.
Elaine tells her story:
Hello I’m Elaine,
I’m passionate about my garden, recycling items which would be otherwise destined for the bin and my dog Bear, oh and I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which isa disorder that affects connective tissues supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and many other organs and tissues.
My condition limits my ability to get out ‘n’ about and so my garden is very important to me. It enables me to engage with nature, develop habitats and grow plants that benefit/encourage wildlife and also grow organic fruit and vegetables for myself and my family. This in turn helps me both emotionally and physically.
Last year I had a raised vegetable bed made out of recycled wooden flooring, but this was completely unsuccessful due to the nature of the materials used. I feel extremely fortunate to have received a grant from the Gardening for Disabled Trust. With this grant I am now able to have a raised bed built which will last years.
I have had recycled slate floor tiles put in to hold back the soil in the borders. These surround the new raised bed with a pathway between the two. In these borders I have planted rhubarb, loganberries, blackberries, strawberries, currents, a fig, a mulberry and a quince.
I have pot grown tomatoes, courgettes, squash and peppers as the raised bed wasn’t finished in time but I am very excited and looking forward to growing a wide variety of vegetables in it next year.
Thank you again to Gardening for Disabled Trust for making this possible and which will enable me to follow my passion in gardening for many more years to come.
A garden transformed to an oasis for growing!
Roger is 51 and lives in Edinburgh. He’s suffered from a number of chronic conditions including emphysema, which understandably made him very depressed.
He’d enjoyed growing plants in the past but when he moved into new accommodation he had to start from scratch.
A grant from Gardening for Disabled Trust in March, in the form of vouchers, enabled him to purchase raised bed kits, compost, a small growhouse and soil, seeds and plants.
With the help of his friends, by June, Roger’s garden was transformed; he’s now enjoying his own strawberries as well as an array of vegetables – raddish, cabbage, broad beans, lettuce and kale, as well as herbs like mint and growing some beautiful flowers.
He writes: ‘it’s amazing….and a joy to see the seeds come up’.