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  • Welcome to my personal website. My passion is making valuable connections between people and ideas. I’m retained by several organizations to do exactly that and enjoy taking on special projects.

    I’m based in the UK at the moment and hope you will be in touch if you think that I can help you in some way or if you think that we could work together. Please have a read about the sort of things I’m up to.

    Thrive

    Wednesday 8th September 2010, 8:01am

     Thrive Flower Garden

    A few weeks ago I visited a fantastic charity which uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people.  Thrive looks after gardens in Battersea park and relies on an army of volunteers to carry out its work. 

    I was reading their brochure again this morning, when a couple of paragraphs by gardener Monty Don stood out and made me stop and think.  I’m not sure why, but they just did…

    “For the first fifteen years or so of my life
    I hated gardening. I was brought up in a
    large family with a sprawling garden and
    my parents not unreasonably saw their
    five children as a useful workforce in the
    perpetual struggle of keeping it under
    control and producing all our vegetables.
    Most days we would be handed out
    tasks that, with hindsight, were not at
    all unreasonable. The lawn had to be
    mown, the strawberries weeded, parsnips
    thinned or perhaps the potatoes earthed
    up. At the time I did them all slowly and
    unwillingly and certainly without a glimmer
    of pleasure. But I spent a long time in the
    garden and, despite myself, learnt how to
    do many basic horticultural tasks. I learnt
    its rhythms.”

    “Then, when I was about 17, I was
    sowing carrots after school on a mild,
    midgy March evening. The sun was
    setting behind the beech tree and the air
    was full of the soft, folding calls of wood
    pigeons going to roost. I suddenly had a
    powerful sense of absolute contentment.
    The earth felt perfectly smooth to my
    fingers, the seed absolutely in the right
    place in my cupped hand. I knew just what
    to do and exactly how to do it. I knew that
    this was a measure of happiness that I
    would always be able to refer to.
    That feeling has never really gone away.
    There are days when you are glad to have
    finished a certain job or when you long
    for spring, but the garden and gardening
    itself has never failed to be a source of
    inspiration and comfort for me.”

    Please have a look at the work that Thrive are doing, and if you can see a connection with your own world, I know that they would love to hear from you.

    One Response to “Thrive”

    1. Alyson Denza says:

      The garden centre in West Hampstead has a similar charity : it teaches special needs adults gardening skills which they then utilise in groups for hire : the local church hires them to do the gardens etc
      A great concept put into practice :-)

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