Gardening Leave Charity20th May 2011 • Stephanie's Blog • Stephanie Donaldson
Gardening Leave is a charity that helps traumatised ex-servicemen and women reconnect with life by gardening in a protected environment. They already have two gardens in Scotland and in the middle of April they opened their third in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. I was invited along to see how it’s progressing and attend the official opening. The garden is still in its early stages, but talking to some of the veterans it is clear that they are very engaged with what is happening. Some of the pensioners were there lending their support and looking magnificent. On a more horticultural note, I was very taken by the bags of cockle shells that are being spread on the paths as a very decorative mulch.