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Social and Theraputic Horticulture Charity

General post from John Wicks

A charity that I support, and which I recommend to Shoot members, is Thrive. It's website http://www.thrive.org.uk/ says "Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.". I have visited their garden near Reading, which is very interesting, and they also use the walled garden at The Vyne (National Trust property in Hampshire) and sites in Battersea Park, Birmingham and Gateshead. They have really useful advice on their website also - for instance how to garden if you can't bend easily. I helped my father keep his garden going when he was in his late 90s but Thrive also played a part, sending a team to tackle some jobs for him, which benefited both him and the members of the team they sent. They run courses on various topics and accredit profesionals in social and theraputic gardening, and more.

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  • Posted: Mon. 2nd February 2015 18:48
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Harry's Walking Stick

Question from Bob Kwitkin

I had LOTS of Japanese Beetles devour theleaves of my Harry's Walking Stick last year. This spring a few leaves have appeared BUT most of the plant is bare. The wood feels brittle and is easily broken. Should a prune back the dead areas or just leave it alone in the hope that perhaps next year more leaves will appear?

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  • Posted: Thu. 5th June 2014 17:08
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Lawn maintenance

Question from John Collins

Can anybody help with Catch 22 re lawn maintenance. My lawn has some moss, some weeds and areas that need reseeding. If I seed the bare patches in the spring, I can't apply moss and weed killer. If I apply moss and weed killer first then I can't apply seed. What to do?

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  • Posted: Mon. 21st February 2011 20:29
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Greenfingers funds grow on trees!

Comment from Nicola

Pip Bensley, Hardy Nursery Stock Buyer for Hillier Garden Centres and editor of The Hillier Club Magazine and Steven Lee, Sales Director of New Place Nurseries presented a joint cheque for £4,000 to Peter Field, Trustee of Greenfingers. This money was raised from the sale of New Place Trees through Hillier Garden Centres. One pound from every New Place Nurseries tree sold to Hillier customers over the past year was donated to Greenfingers.

Greenfingers is the Charity of the Horticulture Industry dedicated to creating magical gardens for children’s hospices around the UK. The twenty nine special gardens created so far are a tremendous benefit to children staying in hospices, and also to their families. The garden at Jack’s Place, Naomi House, Winchester has just been completed and opened by the Countess of Wessex.

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  • Posted: Fri. 14th January 2011 08:26