Doddington Place Gardens

Near Sittingbourne, Kent.

Thrive, the marvellous gardening charity.

Posted: January 11th, 2016

The sad news of the demise of the charity ‘Gardening Leave’ at the end of last year inspired me to investigate charities working with horticulture as a way of helping people with a wide range of disabilities, ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Thrive, the leading gardening…

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The Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham, Kent

Posted: March 26th, 2015

Having just been given a handsome new book ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ by Victoria Summerley ( my thoughts naturally turned to the ‘secret gardens of East Kent. The Abbey Physic Community Garden ( in the ancient market town of Faversham instantly sprang to mind. Tucked away behind the churchyard of…

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Green charity ‘Floral Angels’ – a novel way of re-cycling flowers.

Posted: October 28th, 2014

Sitting at a wedding or a charity event have you ever wondered what eventually happens to the floral decorations? The chances are that their final destiny is to be dumped into a landfill site. Three cheers for the imaginative ‘green’ charity ‘Floral Angels’ that restyles donated flowers from events, weddings, florists and retailers…

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