Portsmouth gardening group for people with disabilities

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PEOPLE with disabilities are being encouraged to get gardening.

Thrive is a national charity that helps those affected by disability to transform their lives using gardening.

The charity has been running its free Sow and Grow tabletop gardening sessions for two years.

New sessions will be running at Bridgemary Library, near Gosport, from Tuesday, June 11 at 10am.

All materials and tools are provided.

Project officer Alex McDonald said: ‘Gardening is known to improve wellbeing and physical health.

‘Thrive uses gardening to improve psychological health and in rehabilitation, rebuilding strength after an accident or illness. By giving people new skills and an interest in gardening, they can start to feel the benefits.’

The course is open to people aged 50 and over and can be particularly beneficial for those living with disability or recovering from illness.

Activities include seed sowing and propagating plants.

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