How To Create An Accessible Garden

Accessibility in the garden is an increasingly important consideration for manufacturers of garden equipment, we explore how some garden suppliers have addressed this issue.

We're currently working with Forest, a major supplier of timber garden products, with a joint belief that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of growing flowers, fruit and vegetables.

That's why ourselves and Forest are working together with 'Thrive', an organization whose mission is to use gardening to change the lives of disabled people.

Thrive advises Forest on the development of new products with disabled people invited to try them out give feedback. Forest's new accessible gardening collection is the result of this collaboration, with items designed for all those who need to sit, kneel, stand or use a wheelchair to garden, and we're able to distribute these products nationwide throughout the UK.

Low maintenance and easily accessible products are available including raised beds, table planters, and ladders, and 2.5% from any sale is donated to Thrive.

View our range of raised beds and planters here.

A 1.8m wide raised planter.     Forest's small raised planter.

 

Eden Zero Threshold Greenhouses

If you're looking for a greenhouse, Eden has developed their own Zero Threshold™ sliding door system, which has step-free access through single or double doors.

This means greenhouses such as their Birdlip, Blockley, Bourton, Burford and Monarch models are ideal for wheelchair users and people who are not entirely steady on their feet.

View our full range of EDEN Zero Threshold greenhouses here.

A silver double door greenhouse.     A black aluminium frame greenhouse.

 

Intalogs Raised Ponds

Raised ponds are perfect for any disabled fishkeeper, and Intalogs manufacture attractive timber clad ponds, square or hexagonal, of up to 400 gallons capacity with sides that are 2ft 4in (75cm) high.  

The ponds are supplied with a liner and a pump or filtration system can be added to ensure the water is healthy enough to keep fish. They are easy to assemble and three seats can be screwed into place, so anyone can relax on the side of the pond admiring and feeding the fish.

View our range of Intalogs planters and ponds here.

Intalogs Raised Planter     Intalogs Raised Planter

 

Artificial Grass And Ornaments

Perhaps not immediately coming to mind, artificial grass can also be beneficial as of course it doesn't need mowing, feeding or weeding. Low maintenance, pet-friendly and hard wearing, artificial grass is a durable and all-weather surface.

Ornamental features should also not be underestimated in a fully accessible garden. GardenSite recently delivered ornaments to an interactive sensory garden in Glasgow, where their shape and texture can be touched and felt.

If you are a mobility scooter owner, refer to our blog on Asgard sheds that are accessible via a ramp, and where you can store your scooter, protected from the elements.