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As our contribution to the new millennium we decided to construct on our site a plot suitable for the use of disabled residents of Spelthorne. We are very aware of the therapeutic benefits, to ourselves, of horticultural activities and we wanted to make these benefits available to less fortunate members of society. We would like to thank Spelthorne Borough Council for giving us permission to undertake this.
We would like to thank the following organisations for giving us financial assistance or technical advice, or both:
Spelthorne Borough Council Lottery Fund
BAA Heathrow Environment Awards
Hampton District Allotments & Gardens Ltd
The Gardening for Disabled Trust
THRIVE (The Society of Horticultural Therapy)
With the construction completed the opening ceremony was performed on Saturday 26th May at 3.00pm by the deputy Mayor of Spelthorne Cllr. Vic Drinkwater. The committee decided that the plot should be called 'The Frank Hawes Garden'.
We were awarded a 'Spelthorne 2000 Design Award" in the 'facilities for disabled people' class, for this garden. The Hope Club for stroke victims had a very successful first year, cultivating a large part of this garden. In their second year the Hope Club won a prize in Spelthorne Council's best plot competition and are still as enthusiastic.
THIS IS THE STORY OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GARDEN
The previous plot-holder kindly agreed to move to another plot so that we could construct the disability plot immediately adjacent to our main gate.
Any disabled person who wishes to make use of these facilities should contact Stan Bulford 01932 222905 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org