TWIGS 2008 Annual Report - Therapeutic Work in Gardening


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TWIGS 2008 Annual Report - Therapeutic Work in Gardening

  1. 1. 1 32GARDENING ADVICELess maintenance can mean less stressCaring for a garden should be an enjoyable activity that calms the mind and brings youcloser to the natural world. To achieve this try to minimise the tasks that you do not enjoy,or that you cannot cope with. It may be that your life circumstances have changed, due tohealth or injury. This is a time to re-think how you care for a garden, and what you hope toget from gardening. Most importantly, remember that it is your garden, and it is up to youwhat sort of garden you create, and how much work you want to put into it.This fact sheet aims to provide some ideas on low-maintenance gardens, how to adapt agarden to meet your needs, and how to create a garden that encourages wildlife (whichcan help you with your gardening chores). Many people believe that as they get older, ortheir health changes, gardening is something that they can no longer enjoy. Even thesmallest of spaces can allow a few pots for cultivation, and nurturing plants can be atherapeutic activity that contributes towards recovery following illness.Let nature do the workTo minimise the work involved in gardening, take advantage of natures own pest controls.Grow plants that encourage animals and birds into your garden, and enjoy that contactwith the natural world. Ladybirds are well known for their capacity for eating greenfly,lacewings and hoverflies do the same. Frogs are wonderful slug killers, and you do notneed a huge pond to introduce frogs into your garden. A small (1 foot) hole, lined withplastic, is sufficient for frogs to exist. Even a large bowl or old sink will do the job. Addsome oxygenating pondweed, and even some tiny fish, and you will have a micro pondthat will encourage wildlife and keep down slugs.Plants for wildlife  Buddleia (Butterfly bush) – leaves and flowers are food for Butterflies.  Anything with berries will feed birds which can be especially good in winter.  Plants with wide, open flowers encourage Hoverflies and Bees.  Nettles are essential food for certain Butterflies.  A pile of old logs and twigs provide winter refuge for a host of beneficial insects.Wild flowers and native plants are ideally situated to their situation, and will require little orno attention. They will encourage bees, birds and butterflies into your garden. Somewildflowers are now so rare in the countryside that they only survive thanks to gardenersgiving up a small part of their garden. Gardening Advice Factsheet Bournemouth & Christchurch April 2009Help and Care is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and WalesRegistered Company No. 3187574 Registered Charity No. 1055056
  2. 2. 2Adapt your garden to meet your needsDecide what you want from a garden, and then build a garden to meet your needs. Askyourself:  Do you really need a large lawn? Lawns require more care than any part of a garden.  Have you considered using hard landscaping (gravel etc.) with a few choice pots? Even a sunny windowsill allows space to cultivate a few special plants.HELP & CARE HANDIWORKS PLUS (available to residents of Bournemouth, Poole,East Dorset, Christchurch and Purbeck)Handiworks Plus is available to anyone over the age of 18 living in the Bournemouth,Poole, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck areas. Members of Handiworks Plus cancall one number 0300 111 3303 and report any repairs or household maintenance issuesand we will arrange for an appropriate police checked tradesperson who is skilled in theirtrade to carry out the work required. The Handiworks Team provide experienced,competitively priced tradespeople and will arrange all works on your behalf. Thecontractual relationship for each job is between you (the Handiworks Plus member) andthe tradesperson. Handiworks Plus is a social enterprise, this means that 100% of anyprofits from the service provided by Handiworks Plus will fund Help and Care’s charitablework. Membership of Handiworks Plus costs £25 a year. The services available include:  General Handyman – small building works and maintenance, build flat pack furniture, fit draught proofing, put up curtain rails/blinds, moving furniture within the home, hanging mirrors and pictures, clearing gutters.  Electrical – rectifying loss of light or power, installing and repairing sockets and lights, fixing/replacing doorbells, installing outside security lights, installing power to new areas.  Carpentry – Door and window repairs, door furniture fitting and repairs, shelves fitted, skirting and architrave installation, repairs to sheds, fence and gate installation or repair.  Plumbing - Tap repairs and replacement, bath and sink traps unblocked, internal leaks fixed, WC flushing faults rectified, radiators bled, baths and sinks sealed, washing machines and dishwashers plumbed in.  Security and Safety – Window and door locks, spy holes and door chains fitted, smoke detectors, supply and fit key safes.  Gardening – Weeding, mowing lawns, planting flowers and shrubs, trimming hedges, pruning.  Gas and central heating – rectifying loss of heating, rectifying loss of hot water, repair faulty radiator valves, installation of boilers, gas cookers and fires, servicing boilers and gas fires.  Painting and decorating – internal and external painting, wallpapering, woodwork painting/staining, tiling, small areas of plastering.  Flooring – carpet and vinyl fitted, laminate and ceramic floor tiles laid. Gardening Advice Factsheet Bournemouth & Christchurch April 2009Help and Care is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and WalesRegistered Company No. 3187574 Registered Charity No. 1055056
  3. 3. 3HOMEWORKS – TECHNICAL ADVICE FOR LARGER JOBSHomeworks is a comprehensive building design service that uses trusted local contractorsand provides clients with advice, design and project management for larger works such asa new kitchen, bathroom, UPVC windows or a new roof. Contact the Handiworks PlusTeam for more information.In Safe HandsGeoff CaterTel: 01202 488452Mobile: 07877 24 85 14Email: geoff.cater@ntlworld.comA helping hand for the elderly; lawn mowing. Fully insured and CRB checked. Call fordetails of charges.Sensory GardensA sensory garden is a garden that is created specifically to stimulate some or all of oursenses. They are usually aimed at people who have some of their senses impaired, forexample a garden may be particularly fragrant and have striking juxtapositions of colour forpeople who have a visual impairment.Sensory gardens do not have to be exclusively for those whose senses are impaired. Oneof the joys of gardening is the sensory enjoyment of the scents, colours and foliage ofdifferent plants.Gardening on a budgetMany gardeners welcome the opportunity to share their passion with others. If you aregardening on a tight budget, it may be worth joining a local gardening group. This willenable you to swap plant cuttings, seeds, and other ideas with other gardeners. Look outfor car boot sales and fetes where you may find bargains. Visits to municipal tips canprovide a variety of unusual containers for plants, at very little cost, and at some tips youare able to purchase eco-friendly mulch for your garden.Low maintenance advice for your garden  Raised beds and containers help to reduce strain to your back and require less digging. Try to situate them near to a water supply to avoid carrying heavy watering cans over long distances.  Lawns tend to require intensive maintenance, could you reduce the size of your lawn, or let part of it grow long to create a wild flower meadow area?  Ground cover: any plant can be grown as ground cover. If a plant is growing in the right conditions it will thrive and force out other plants. Growing plants in tight clumps or drifts, leaving no space for weeds to establish. Gardening Advice Factsheet Bournemouth & Christchurch April 2009Help and Care is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and WalesRegistered Company No. 3187574 Registered Charity No. 1055056
  4. 4. 4Most importantly, enjoy your garden. Make it a space that works for you, and make caringfor it an enjoyable and rewarding activity.LOCAL GARDENING CLUBS AND ORGANISATIONSAllotments - BournemouthFind out about allotments available in your area by contacting:Ed Alexander – Bournemouth Borough CouncilTel: 01202 451191Website: – ChristchurchChristchurch Borough Council currently provides 354 plots on five sites around theborough. All sites are enclosed and have a dip tank water supply. For further detailscontact:Alan Ottaway Tel: 01202 495068, Email: Community CentrePelhams ParkMillhams RoadKinsonBournemouth, BH10 7LHTel: 01202 572826The Community Centre has details of a number of gardening/plant interest groups thatmeet regularly at the centre including the Bournemouth & Poole Fuchia Society, KinsonHorticultural Society, and the Wessex Bonsai Society contact the office for further details.Knyveton Gardens Action Group14 Garden ViewBournemouthBH1 3QATel: 01202 553769A sensory garden for people with sensory loss. It has wheelchair access, raised flowerbeds and a tapping rail for people with sight impairment. The garden stimulates thesenses; plants for smell and colour, sculpture to touch, pond with trickling water for sound,and a café for the fifth sense – taste! Gardening Advice Factsheet Bournemouth & Christchurch April 2009Help and Care is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and WalesRegistered Company No. 3187574 Registered Charity No. 1055056
  5. 5. 5Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP)Cherry Tree NurseryOff New Rd RoundaboutNorthbourneBH10 7DATel: 01202 593537Fax: 01202 590626Website: is a registered charity offering supportive work, rehabilitation to over 100 adultswith severe and enduring mental illness. Cherry Tree is a shrub nursery growing 120,000plants annually. Plants are on sale to the general public, opening hours are:Monday – Friday 8am – 3.30pmSaturday – 9am – 3pm (Summer), 9am – 12pm (Winter).St Alban’s Garden ClubA friendly club with talks and outings of interest to gardeners. Meets on the 3rd Monday ofevery month at 2pm at St Alban’s Church Rooms, 21 Linwood Road, Bournemouth. Forfurther details contact Mrs L Anderson on 01202 524434.West Howe Gardening ClubFor residents of West Howe Bournemouth who are interested in getting involved with ahobby that keeps you fit and healthy, helps you have fun, helps you meet new people.Enjoy growing your own organic fruit and vegetables? For further details contact:West Howe Network Shop32 Cunningham CrescentWest HoweBH11 8DUTel: 01202 573082 Fax: 01202 575600Email: westhowe@hotmail.comUSEFUL NATIONAL ORGANISATIONSThriveThe Geoffrey Udall CentreBeech HillReadingBerkshireRG7 2ATTelephone: 0118 988 5688 Gardening Advice Factsheet Bournemouth & Christchurch April 2009Help and Care is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and WalesRegistered Company No. 3187574 Registered Charity No. 1055056
  6. 6. 6Fax: 0118 988 5677Blind gardeners’ helpline: 0118 988 6668Website: can help anyone with a disability. Through its research, education andpromotional activities Thrive aims to show how, why and where people with a disability canbenefit.Gardening magazines available on tapeThere are a number of gardening magazines that are available on tape for people who areblind or visually impaired. The following magazines are available for an annualsubscription of £15 from:The Talking Newspaper AssociationNational Recording CentreHeathfieldEast SussexTN21 8DBTel:01435 866102Weekly: Amateur GardeningMonthlies: BBC Gardeners World; Garden Answers; The Garden RHS; Which Gardening;and Homes and Gardens.The quarterly magazine ‘Come Gardening’ is available for an annual subscription of £3from:Horticultural TherapyGoulds GroundVallis WayFrome, SomersetBA11 3DWTel: 01373 464782 HOW TO CONTACT HELP AND CAREBy telephone: 0300 111 3303 Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 10am – 4.30pm Answering machine available outside these hours Textphone for the hard of hearing: 01202 416047By post: The Pokesdown Centre 896 Christchurch Road Gardening AdviceBH7 6DL Bournemouth & Christchurch April 2009 Bournemouth, Factsheet Help and Care is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and WalesYou can also make an appointment to call in to see us at The Pokesdown Centre, Bournemouth.Registered Company No. 3187574 Registered Charity No. 1055056
  7. 7. 7 This information has been researched and produced by Help and Care Carerslink and was believed to be correct at the time of production. Inclusion does not imply a recommendation by Help and Care. Last updated in April 2009. Gardening Advice Factsheet Bournemouth & Christchurch April 2009Help and Care is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and WalesRegistered Company No. 3187574 Registered Charity No. 1055056