Huge congratulations to Megan Rees from Oxford who entered the competition hoping to change the life of her three year old daughter Ariella.
Ariella has severe disabilities, she was given a 10% chance of survival at birth and has beaten the odds. Her parents have had to give up work to provide round the clock care for her as her needs are so complex.
Ariella currently has nowhere safe to play outside and can’t even go to the park as it is too risky for her.
We are very excited to begin the transformation and give Ariella beautiful garden to play in. Watch this space!
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Well as I write this I am sat on the back step staring at the wilderness that is my back garden and trying to summon up the energy and imagination to start its regeneration. Unfortunately I have been doing the exact same thing for the past 3 years since my son came along and I am no further along in the process!!
I'm pretty adept at DIY and enjoy getting my hands dirty. It frustrates me that I need to ask for help with this but the truth is that, like so many other people, I am trying to balance a full time nursing career with being a good mum to a toddler and there just aren't enough hours in the day to do it all.
I love spending time outdoors but the uneven expanse of cracked concrete with dangerous drop off, dumped furniture, mossy grass and unkempt borders make it far from a safe or relaxing environment for my little boy to play.
Would a garden make over change my life? Well maybe it seems overly dramatic to claim that it would but I honestly cannot express how much it would mean to even make a start on the mammoth task ahead. A safe place to sit and watch my little boy play would mean the world and if the adults had a tranquil area to enjoy a cider in the evenings too then all the better!!