Disability charity seeks support from garden center

The association was created over 50 years ago and exists to bring people back to their gardens regardless of their disability. To do this, it provides small financial grants for minor modifications or equipment – access ramps, raised beds, specialized tools, for example. In 2021, a record £57,317 was awarded to help over 1,200 people.

When the pandemic took hold and all the usual fundraising came to a halt, the volunteer-run charity had to find a way to raise money; the idea for a gardening book was born.

Tips have been provided by a host of well-known gardening names – such as Roy Lancaster, Charles Dowding, Isabella Tree – and celebrities – Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Julian Clary for example, as well as avid home gardeners . The book was launched by Mark Lane, one of the trustees and the front was written by patron Alan Titchmarsh and so far has raised over £18,000.

Described by the English Garden as ‘a savvy gardening friend’, containing ‘hundreds of cheery tips’ (Melanie Reid, The Times of Scotland) and ‘a perfect gift’ (Helen Yemm, The Daily Telegraph), the book is already in its third printing.

GDT is looking for garden centers, tea rooms and gardens to store Cuttings (RRP £10).