Mark is a Trustee of Gardening for the Disabled Trust. The Trust gives out small grants to people who suffer all kinds of chronic disabilities – mental and physical – to help them get gardening again, because we believe in the therapeutic powers of being outdoors, getting stuck into a bit of planting or weeding or growing.
I am delighted to be a Trustee. The grants that are given out to individuals and groups really make a difference. It doesn’t matter what level of ability one has, there is a gardening task that anyone can do, and we know how important gardening is as a social and therapeutic therapy. Living with a chronic illness / disability can be debilitating, but if we can make a small change to someone’s outdoor space and get them gardening again, then they will reap the mental and physical benefits