Life Changers Therapeutic Gardening Programme

News from: Thrive

Life Changers is a free, four month gardening programme for those living with a life-changing illness or injury to enable them to improve their health and wellbeing.

Whether recovering from a stroke, cancer or surgery, or living with a long term condition like diabetes, multiple sclerosis or Long Covid, people experiencing a life-changing health condition can experience the joy of gardening, build new friendships and increase social networks and build confidence to regain or maintain an active, healthy and independent life.

Thrive’s weekly sessions will be tailored to individual needs through gentle gardening to help improve health and wellbeing. Alongside each individual, the horticultural practitioner builds a set of gardening activities for each client gardener to improve their general health and wellbeing, and to work towards particular goals identified by the gardener, such as increasing stamina, mobility and balance, improving fine motor skills, increasing memory and information retention or strengthening muscles.

Thrive provide specially adapted tools and equipment, along with access to glasshouses and table-top gardening ensuring accessibility for all. Examples of activities include seed sowing, planting bulbs, pruning, weeding, and making hanging baskets. No prior gardening experience is required.

-Tuesdays, 10:30-15.30 at the gardens in Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT

For more information and to book, telephone 01189 884844, email or look on the website at

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