Chelsea Flower Show: HighGround Helps ABF

All roads now lead to Chelsea Flower Show which starts on 19th May and the plants for ‘No Man’s Land’ are ready to be delivered to Chelsea.

HighGround at Headley Court is growing for ABF the Soldiers’ Charity.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity will have its first ever show garden at Chelsea Flower Show which starts on 19th May and HighGround is ‘doing its bit’ to help.

The garden, designed by Charlotte Rowe and generously sponsored by Coutts and Bechtel is called No Man’s Land and marks the centenary of World War One.

As the British Army’s national charity since 1944, The Soldiers’ Charity, provides financial grants to individuals and gives grants to specialist charities which support the wider Army family.

Carol Sales is employed by HighGround to provide a Horticultural Therapy service for the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre’s patients at Headley Court in Surrey and The Soldiers’ Charity is the lead funder of this 3-year pilot.

Horticultural Therapy is the use of plants to enable people to get the therapeutic benefit and is helping the patients at Headley Court by increasing mobility and strength, improving concentration and memory and teaching them new skills which they can take home and use with their families as their rehabilitation from injury progresses.

Carol and her patients have been growing on some of the plants which will be used in No Man’s Land and Anna Baker Cresswell, Founder and Development Director of HighGround said, “We are delighted to be able to play a small part in the life of this garden and Carol and her team are looking forward to seeing the final creation.”

HighGround is a charity which has been formed to assist in the transition to civilian life of individuals who have served in HM Armed Forces through the delivery of Rural Experience Weeks alongside Horticultural Therapy. The Charity’s aim is to provide training, career advice and insight into land-based jobs, careers and vocational opportunities to enable these people to make informed choices that lead towards employment and fulfilment in civilian life.

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