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Aaron, Maidstone

He has disabilities after a brain injury when he was young and now has a family. Gardening for Disabled Trust helped with some raised beds and a bench. With his Occupational Therapist he identified that he would like to learn how to garden, in particular to produce vegetables that he and his family could eat. This led himClient Imageto work with a gardener so they cleared an area, created a raised vegetable bed and grew a large variety of crops including tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkins, basil, runner and french beans. He receives weekly tutoring and has planted up vegetables, maintained them and cropped their harvest. He has also started to appreciate the abundance of wildlife in his garden, highlights have been spotting newts, spiders and a grass snake. His achievements this summer have given him ownership, enjoyment and sustained commitment to his new garden. His burgeoning interest in gardening is leading him to think about next year where he would like to start growing flowers as well as vegetables. He is very appreciative of our kind donation and very pleased with the positive impact it has had upon him and how it has helped him manage his mood and anger issues.’
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Oakdown House, East Sussex

This is a residential home for disabled people with learning difficulties and they have run a practical and sensory garden class for 5 years. Gardening for Disabled Trust helped them with a grant towards some wheelchair friendly plant troughs, compost, plants and bulbs. They say ‘The residents all seem to have enjoyed the process of planting up the troughs. Even today we were busy doing the dead-heading of the pansies we planted earlier. We are looking forward to the bulbs pushing their way through in the Spring.’
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