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Mark Lane teams up with Leonard Cheshire

Mark Lane with a resident watering the garden. Picture; Leonard Cheshire
Mark Lane with a resident watering the garden. Picture; Leonard Cheshire

Campaign for National Gardens and Health Week, August 18-24

Here’s something very close to my heart – gardening for health and wellbeing – nice one Mark!

Gardeners’ World presenter, award-winning garden designer and writer Mark Lane is joining forces with disability charity Leonard Cheshire to promote the benefits of gardening for health and well-being as part of its partnership with the National Garden Scheme (NGS).

This year, the NGS made Leonard Cheshire one of its Gardens and Health beneficiaries, with a donation of £120,000 to develop sensory gardens and horticultural volunteering projects for disabled people.

Mark, a passionate advocate of gardening for disabled people, is supporting Leonard Cheshire in its efforts and will design one of the sensory gardens at the charity’s care home in Bedfordshire.

Universally inclusive gardening

A short film is being made about how gardening can be universally inclusive, with practical tips and inspiration.

In it, Mark explains how gardens and gardening can offer a sense of wellbeing, physically and mentally and highlights that no matter what level of ability you have there is a gardening task that you can do.

Mark Lane with one of the residents. Picture; Leonard Cheshire
Mark Lane with one of the residents. Picture; Leonard Cheshire

It will be released during the National Garden Scheme’s Gardens and Health Week (18 – 24 August).

Mark said: “Gardens that are fully accessible help bring communities together, help tackle isolation but above all are great fun and incredible for both mental and physical wellbeing.

Gardening on a budget

“It’s also easy to garden on a budget, even for free.  And if I can do it, so can you.

“I’m really proud to be supporting Leonard Cheshire’s work with the National Garden Scheme to spread this important message and make gardens and gardening more accessible for everyone.”

Laura Crandley, executive director of Partnerships for Leonard Cheshire, said: “We’re very excited about our partnership with the National Garden Scheme, which is enabling us to bring the benefits of gardens and gardening closer to the people we support.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Mark’s support and together we plan to show that gardens can provide opportunities for everyone, whatever their ability.”

George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme, said: “It is fantastic Mark Lane is teaming up with Leonard Cheshire – and as an individual who opens his garden to the public under the National Garden Scheme, he is the perfect advocate of the positive effects of gardens on mental and physical wellbeing.”

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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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