May 2016 - Please read the new review on Canterbury Cathedral Gardens, Kent
Off to Chelsea Flower Show 2016 - a review in our Directory will follow shortly.
Read Mark's article in the June 2016 edition of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) magazine The Garden.
Please look at www.axsmap.com, set up by Jason who has MS. The site is amazing and there are over 80,000 reviews in over 100 countries. Like Accessible Gardens the goal is to advocate inclusivity for everyone, and to help people plan their trips with more ease and feel they have a significant resource to hand.
Please look at this amazing new wheelchair. Money is being raised to make the Ogo available in the UK. It is absolutely amazing and I have been in touch with Ogo Technology. Like it on Facebook, share and spread the news. Please click on the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ogo-grab-life-by-the-wheels--2/x/13514085#/
Please visit http://www.steeringdevelopments.co.uk/?utm_source=february-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=february_newsletter for a really useful free e-Book entitled "Accessible Days out Guide" - It's a great read. Many thanks Steering Developments for such a useful Guide.
As they report in their March Tag: If you're planning a day out, between our guide and Mark's website you should be able to find somewhere that will be perfect no matter what your mobility needs. Leave a review, check out the existing reviews, and let us know what you think.
Read Mark's article in the 25th Anniversary Edition of BBC Gardeners' World magazine on 'Should gardening be accessible for all?',
I thought I would open the debate on the continued use of the Wheelchair Symbol. Replacing this with a non-specific image, coupled with widespread communications, offers a fantastic opportunity to discuss non-visible disabilities. It will remove the ‘benchmarking’ against the use of a wheelchair. National news/debates/press will serve a useful vehicle to educate the vast majority of the public and address negative attitudes and perceptions with regards, for example, mental-ill health.
PLEASE SEND ACCESSIBLE GARDENS YOUR VIEWS ON THIS VERY INTERESTING DEBATE.
LIKE THE GARDEN REVIEWS WE SHALL FORWARD YOUR COMMENTS TO ADRIAN BEFORE PUBLISHING THEM ON THE SITE FOR HIS COMMENTS.
Accessible Gardens will allow actual garden visitors to report their own experiences of the thrills and spills of their own visit, thus allowing a realistic evaluation to be expressed by a person
who has been round the garden themselves. I think it is fantastic that Bella, who has disabilities herself, is offering a website dedicated to the realities of garden visiting for people with
disabilities... [Please click on the PDF below for the full interview.]
Gardener Jeremy Scott was named Thrive and RNIB’s Blind Gardener of the Year, 'Champion of Champions’ in October 2010. He was named Blind Gardener of the Year in 2009 and his inspiring` work at
his garden once again wowed the judges and earned him the coveted title of 'Champion of Champions’. He talked to Bella D'Arcy Reed over the telephone from his home in Uckfield, East Sussex... [Please
click on the PDF below for the full interview.}
Funding help from HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund): The HLF is known for giving grants to restore historic gardens, but it also funds projects to make these gardens and public parks accessible to
people with disabilities... [Please click on the PDF below for the full report.]
Fun and games at Hestercombe Gardens. Hestercombe Gardens Trust manages roughly 100 acres of Crown-owned estate in the heart of Somerset, just north of Taunton. The gardens themselves represent 50 acres that encompass over three centuries of garden history... [Please click on the PDF below for the full article.]