Last week I heard about a charity near Bridgend called B-Leaf. They run a trainee horticultural project based at Bryngarw Country Park for adults with learning and physical disabilities.
The charity unfortunately had made the news because thieves had broken into their containers and stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment. This included large machinery such as mowers and strimmers down to small hand tools. All the equipment the trainees require to carry out their daily gardening and grounds maintenance work.
It struck a cord with me for several reasons.
Firstly, most of us in the horticultural world know how therapeutic gardening can be for people from all walks of life and generally, with occasional business issues aside, even for ourselves. We are a lucky few who can work in an industry we are passionate about. For adults with learning and physical disabilities it is something social, achievable, provides routine, and the physical work can help aid both physical and emotional wellbeing. You can see the results of your work immediately which is always satisfying.
Secondly, as some of you know I have a daughter with Down Syndrome and even though I hope to be able to provide her with everything to make her happy, I know that charities like B-Leaf are often a life line of support for families in similar situations. They provide trainees with some direction in their life and a sense of accomplishment.
I spoke with B-Leaf last week and although they can claim some items on insurance many of the smaller tools are not covered. Due to this they have now set up a GoFundMe site to raise a small amount to go towards these purchases. The link for which can be found at the bottom of the blog.
Oxford Lawns and Gardens are very happy to be able to support B-Leaf and have made a small contribution towards their goal.
We wish them all the luck in achieving this goal and all future goals.