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First national meeting to keep people gardening

Gardening is the nation's favourite pastime. Gardening is also an excellent form of exercise; it can give access to cheap, fresh food; and brings a sense of achievement and self-worth.

We all know people who say that their garden has become too much for them. Research carried out by `Thrive` has shown that this is the most common reason for otherwise independent people to move out of their own home.

On May 10th 2002 in Beech Hill, Berkshire, national gardening charity `Thrive` is hosting an open forum to discuss this problem.



'Supported gardening in later life' will for the first time bring together landscape designers and horticulturists, with gerontologists and researchers, and top representatives from government, charity, housing and care homes.

Further research has shown that most older people give up gardening when they move into supported accommodation. David Foster, Chief Executive of Thrive, is hoping that Forum will raise awareness of these people's gardening needs.

"For many years Thrive has been providing advice and support to older and disabled gardeners," said David.

"We are very interested in the whole subject of helping older people to carry on gardening as we know it can be an important factor in their health and wellbeing."

He concluded, "The ideas that come out of this unique forum will help to make sure that older people can continue to benefit from gardening, whatever their circumstances."

Mark Bhatti will also be presenting at the Forum. Dr Bhatti is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Brighton, has been researching gardens and gardening for many years.

"Gardening in later life has not been systematically or extensively researched in the UK, and there are significant gaps in our knowledge," he said.

"Key questions remain to be answered, such as how gardening can help to improve an older persons 'quality of life'. This Forum will help to initiate new research, and come up with sustainable solutions to the problems facing older people who wish to carry on gardening."

'Supported gardening in later life' is sponsored by English Courtyard.

  • Thrive is the national horticultural charity that uses gardening to
    improve the lives of disabled, disadvantaged and older people.

  • Speakers at the Forum will be Tim Spurgeon, Head of Advisory
    Services, Thrive; Judy Peaker, Director, Willow Housing; Christopher
    Thornhill, Managing Director, English Courtyard; Mark Bhatti, Senior
    Lecturer in Sociology, University of Brighton (Health and Policy Research
    Centre); and Alison Ryan, Chief Executive of the Princess Royal Trust for

  • Pictures and jpgs of Thrive's work with older people are available
    on request.

Charity no: 277570
Company no: 1415700



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