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Helping our gardening troops at Headley Court

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By John Clowes

Raised beds have now been added to the Horticultural Therapy Unit at DMRC Headley Court

As part of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Outreach Programme, we are supporting the newly formed Horticultural Therapy Unit at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court – Britain’s leading military hospital for wounded service personnel.

The horticultural therapy programme at Headley Court in Leatherhead, Surrey, was set up with just a greenhouse and a large but unkempt garden area by keen gardener Major Peter LeFeuvre. Peter was delighted when, earlier in the year, we donated Miracle-Gro and Levington composts and several Tomorite Giant Planters in which the recently disabled service personnel grew a wide range of plants with great success. Recent additions to the garden include a new set of raised beds.

Growing plants has proven beneficial in providing diverse and valuable physical, psychological and cognitive rehabilitation for the troops. The project at Headley Court provides an outdoor space where battle casualties can find their varying needs met through the medium of horticulture and growing plants.

Mobility and activity garden

As an additional service, Scotts Miracle-Gro has now introduced the services of professional garden designer and our own RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden expert Geoff Whiten, who designed our award-winning Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey gardens.

With Scotts’ sponsorship, Geoff is providing a mobility and activity garden design that will test the troops physical abilities. The various surfaces will include: a pebble path; gradual humps built into a path; a path with variable height stiles to step over; and a path with stepping stones plus a wooden bridge.

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