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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Throughout my life my Mum and grandparents have loved their gardening and have cherished the joy a fabulous space can offer. But in recent years that has gradually been taken away from our family. Three years ago my Nana passed away after a few years of not being able to get out to tend to the garden she loved, and coupled with that my mother has been diagnosed with MS. She can no longer get out into our garden, let alone deal with any of the upkeep it requires. It has uneven paths, overgrown areas around ponds and no raised beds that Mum can reach in her wheelchair.
It costs a fair amount to just keep it tidy but my parents, being pensioners now, would need a huge amount of money to make this space user friendly for my Mum. I know there are some fabulous ideas to help disabled gardeners but sadly we can't afford to explore these. Mum is currently housebound but loves to relax in the sunshine and outdoors (which is also so beneficial for MS) so being able to get out into this space would help her gain some sort of outdoor life and independence back - even if it is only the back garden.
Gardening can offer such an escape and be such a boost for anyone experiencing illness and tough times. This makeover would be so fabulous ... not only to help Mum get some much needed time outside but also to cherish the memories of my grandmother who put so much time and love into this space once...it's such a shame it can't be used at the moment.