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Gardening for the less able with Forest and Thrive

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Corner table planter. Picture; Forest Garden
Corner table planter. Picture; Forest Garden

Forest’s Accessible Range donates to Thrive

Here are some good ideas for gardeners with health issues, from whether you have trouble bending with a bad back to if you use a wheelchair.

Gardening is great to lift the spirits and can really help with mental health problems (I can speak from experience here) so it’s a delight to see Forest Garden’s Accessible Gardening range, created in association with the charity Thrive.

The range has been designed with wheelchair users and those with limited mobility in mind, eliminating the need to bend, with raised beds, potting benches, and table planters. Forest also gives a fixed donation to the charity.

The Corner Table Planter is 90cm high and is an ideal size for growing vegetables and herbs, rrp £189.99.

The Bamburgh Planter Table is practical as well as looking great under a window, rrp £129.99. Both are raised to give maximum accessibility.

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Martyn watering a raised veg trug at one of Thrive’s gardens. Picture; Forest Garden/Thrive

Since 1978, Thrive has been helping change the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health through gardening.

The charity supports those with gardening projects at home, on allotments, in community settings and also gives them the chance to attend structured horticultural therapy programmes at its own gardens in London, Reading, and Birmingham.

Head of marketing for Forest Garden, Nicola Simpson, said: “We worked closely with Thrive on the product development and it’s a partnership we look forward to continuing with.

“We are pleased that our accessible range is used to support students and visitors within the Thrive gardens and are used to aid their learning and therapy.”

For more details on the range, visit www.forestgarden.co.uk and for information on Thrive visit www.thrive.org.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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