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Gardening power with Thrive




Thrive has just launched its programme of short courses for July to
November 2002, and two courses in particular might be of special
interest to readers:

1.     Permaculture for beginners

Capel Manor College, Enfield, Middlesex
Saturday 3rd August 2002


Permaculture: creating sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns. This one-day workshop will introduce the ideas, principles, ethics and design process of permaculture. By the end of the workshop participants should have an answer to the question "What is permaculture?", have gained an overview of the ethics and principles of permaculture, and be able to begin to apply permaculture design principles within their own situations and environments, as well as know where to find further information.




2.     Designing a pan-sensory garden for health

Thrive's National Office, Reading, Berkshire
Wednesday 14th August 2002


Sensory gardens: This course has been specially put together for people who want to create a garden that is enjoyable for everyone, and will appeal to design professionals and amateur gardeners alike. All gardens are sensory gardens; but not all gardens fully meet the needs of older people, or those with sight or hearing problems. The training day will be a fun, practical way to learn how to adapt or design a 'sensory' environment, for those with varying mobility, disabilities and sensory impairments. Elements will include accessible design and planting ideas and low-cost options for people on a budget.

Course fees are 70 for Thrive members and 99 for non-members. For
bookings or further information, contact Sue Twigg on 0118 988 5688,
email or visit




Charity no: 277570
Company no: 1415700


Thrive is the national horticultural charity that uses gardening to improve the lives of disabled, disadvantaged and older people. I have been spotlighting some news from Thrive in my last three columns and you can read about them below: 

International flower artist arranges 1,842 for charity

Gardening is the nation`s favourite pastime

Thrive in the morning with GMTV appeal 



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