How Thrive's Accessible Gardening Changes Lives

The Society for Horticultural Therapy is an organisation generally known as Thrive, and David Coton recently learnt more about their projects, training and consultancy.

Created by David Coton on Thursday, 16th of June, 2016.
Updated on Monday, 29th of August, 2016.


Using gardening to change lives is the aim of Thrive, and this is achieved through their project, training and consultancy work.

What Thrive Offers

Every year Thrive offers extensive programmes for training in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. These are aimed at teachers, health and social care professionals, volunteers and those looking for a change in career.

Course subjects include using social and therapeutic horticulture to benefit people with mental health support needs, setting up a project, and understanding disability in garden design.

Two excellent examples of the breadth of Thrive's project work are a programme for veterans funded by the British Legion helping them to deal with life after the services and another that helps stroke survivors with improved physical and neural health that, amongst many other benefits, results in a reduction in medication.

Accessibility Products

You'll find a number of products on GardenSite that emphasize accessibility and Forest, one our major suppliers, has worked with Thrive to develop specially designed timber products for gardeners who need assistance.

These include the Corner Table Planter, and Bamburgh Planter Table, manufactured with wheelchair users in mind and those who have trouble bending.

Their products appeal to people with a variety of challenges who need to sit, kneel or stand to garden, so that they can achieve a level of independence.

Part of the profit from this range is donated to Thrive who will spend the money on their activities that also include training bursaries, undergraduate courses, workshops and conferencing.

Read more information on Thrive.

Read our blog on accessible gardening.

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