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Dementia and older people

The publications in this section give information to help you start or continue gardening.

There are leaflets with tips for general easier gardening and to boost your mood, and publications specifically written for people recovering after a stroke or living with heart disease.

Have a look through our list of publications but if you can't find what you need, try visiting Thrive's website Carry On Gardening.

Carry on Gardening has a wealth of information about gardening when you have a disability and advice on gardening with one hand, with no bending, with a weak grip, sitting down and from a wheelchair, after a stroke and with heart disease, and with sight loss.

If you still can't find the information you need, please contact Thrive by email or call on 0118 988 5688. We'll be pleased to hear from you and happy to help.

Garden Memories
Gardening information and advice for people experiencing memory loss; their carers, friends and family.

Raised beds
Information on raised beds. Free to download as pdfs or £1.00 including UK p&p for printed originals.  

Gardening Independence Version 1
The publications in this section give information and advice on how to garden for people who are older.

Gardening Independence Version 2
As for Version 1 with an additional self-assessment questionnaire.

Tips for Easier Gardening
Free tips for easier gardening from Thrive. There is information on improving access to the garden, low-maintenance solutions and advice on tools and techniques.

Creating Gardening Independence
Called Creating Gardening Independence, this is a practical guide to recruiting and training volunteer garden advisors who will then be able to support disabled or older people gardening at home.

Gardening Together
A practical guide to setting up and running a gardening activity club for people living in sheltered accommodation.

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