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Claire Smith


This is a clip of my back garden. I'm a single mum with mobility disability and have 3 young children, one with Autism. I am struggling beyond belief as my boys get older because all they want to do is go out in the garden and play but as you can see, the garden is horrific. It is 2 tiered with a weak wall that is bowing inwards. The bottom area of the garden is tiny and uneven with a massive drain. I actually fell in the garden when I had plantar faciitis and ended up on crutches. The upper part of the garden which is uneven, has thick thorn type weeds that I have tried to kill but with no hope, the steps are broken and crumbling with pieces of brick and rubble coming away. As you can see there is an ugly dangerous Asbestos garage which causes me distress every time one of the boys goes outside. Boys being boys, they do the strangest of things including smashing garden folks and other object at the asbestos sides of the garage and I find myself either hauling them in and locking the door to stop them touching the garage or trying to haul myself over to the local park in agony with my feet as I've had cortisone injections which only worked for a few weeks. I urgently need to get some help with removing the asbestos and then putting rails up as you will see, there is a sheer drop from the upper part, to the lower part. I need to get this garden safe for my boys and would be grateful of some help. Thanks, Claire

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