Summer is just around the corner and here at Ethos we’re really proud of the work we have done over the years investing in and improving the gardens at our three properties in Oswestry.
We understand that getting outside in a wheelchair can be an issue. More than that, it can be quite daunting if you haven’t done it in a while. But we can promise you that it will do you the world of good.
We have made our gardens safe and accessible for wheelchair users so our clients can go out and literally get a fresh of breath air.
We’re currently looking for a gardener to help keep our outdoor spaces in tip top condition so that all our clients can enjoy that outdoor feeling. If you would like to get involved or know anyone who can help, please contact us at email@example.com or give us a call on 01691 404359.
In the meantime, for anyone with a green thumb or even if you haven’t done any gardening before and want to give it a go here are a few tips to get you started.
Make sure that, within your garden, you have room to manoeuvre. The last thing you want is a wheel getting stuck in the mud or crushing the tulips.
At Ethos we have paved paths that are wide enough for both manual and electric wheelchair users. Gardening involves a lot of moving around so making sure you have enough space to turn will make your gardening a lot easier.
Obviously, reaching down to the ground from a wheelchair is dangerous, and bad for the muscles, so if it’s much better for you if you can use a raised flower or vegetable bed like the ones at Ethos.
These simple but good-looking beds are designed specifically for ease of access so there is no more reliance on using extended tools or reaching down from your wheelchair. A good alternative would be potted plants that can be placed at elbow level for the indoor gardener.
Some helpful tools, outside of conventional gardening equipment, would be a grabber or an extendable grip, a cut-and-hold flower gatherer and, if you can, a small flatbed trolley that you can use and move safely.
There are plenty of other ways to make gardening easier for the wheelchair user. We’ve listed a few links to websites with even more helpful tips and tricks that are very much tailored to the wheelchair horticulturalist.
And don’t forget to hydrate
We’re all hoping for a long hot summer which is perfect for gardeners but bad for hydration. If you are an avid wheelchair gardener who spends plenty of time out in the sun, don’t forget that two litres of water a day will keep you from tiring out too quickly while tending to your herbs. Make sure you drink plenty of water while feeding your green thumb.
Why not get out there and make the most of the summer sunshine and longer days! Your effort will be rewarded with the satisfaction of seeing your garden, your window box or even a few outdoor pots blossom and bloom.
Useful links for the wheelchair using gardener
Ethos is currently recruiting new trustees and is particularly keen to welcome wheelchair users or those with health and social care experience. For further information see the Ethos Group website at www.ethoscharity.co.uk or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 01691 404359.
Even if you cannot help us as a trustee, please help us spread the word about the work we do to support our clients to live independently after suffering a life-changing injury or illness by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter and LinkedIn at ethosgrouposwestry.