I love gardening, my mum is an avid gardener and I have learnt all I know from her over the years.

Me sat on grass weeding the border
Weeding the border

My love of gardening has only grown and the fact that I am a wheelchair user, am in constant pain and suffer from severe fatigue at times does not stop me gardening.

Me sat in the middle of the large border weeding!

It does of course mean a change in the way I garden, it is now done a little at a time to try and reduce the flare up that follows but due to not being able to work, I have little money to spend on the garden and we can’t afford new tools.

Gardening For Disabled Trust

However, after I posted a photo on Twitter of me gardening, I received a reply from the Gardening For Disabled Trust telling me about their grants that are given to help enable disabled people to keep enjoying their gardens.

They can help with projects such as raised flower or vegetable beds, paths etc but even though a path would be great, as we live in a rented property I put in an application for tools and a garden cart.

I was over the moon when I received an email a few weeks later to say that they had awarded me the grant and would be sending me Amazon vouchers to make the purchases.

It may not mean much to many people but the Garden Cart, a Dutch Hoe, long handled 3 prong cultivator, Telescopic Ratchet Anvil Loppers, a Daisy Grubber (weeder and Trowel will make gardening not easier but it will mean less pain after.

Plus the handle can be removed from the cart and it is possible to attach it to my wheelchair, which means I can take tools and the weed bin with me.

So a massive thank you to the people at Gardening For Disabled Trust, you have made this gardener very happy!

Who are the Gardening For Disabled Trust?

The Trust was founded back in 1968, by a far-sighted philanthropist, Mrs Peggy Kinsey. She understood the real value of what we now know as ‘horticultural therapy’…that is, getting outside in the fresh air, being a little active, ”getting the soil under the fingernails” (her words) and that very special pleasure which is gardening.

Her Trust was founded in the spirit of generosity, energy, and enthusiasm; values which are very much in evidence within the Trust, half a century later.

The Gardening for Disabled Trust gives out small grants to people who suffer all kinds of chronic disabilities – mental and physical – to help them get gardening again, because we believe in the therapeutic powers of being outdoors, getting stuck into a bit of planting or weeding or growing. Find out more about our work here, and the kind of things we cover in Grants for Gardening;  Be inspired by some of our previous clients in our Newsletter and Clients’ Stories section, and find out all you need to know to Apply for a Grant for Gardening in this section.

Planting bulbs with my grandchildren

If you can donate to the Gardening For Disabled Trust please visit them here!

You can keep up to date with the trust on Facebook and Twitter

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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