Thriving in 2011
Like many e-commerce companies, Quality Garden Tools is committed to charitable giving as an important part of their business plan. Each year all the staff decide which garden-related charity would benefit most from a gift of garden tools.
Thrive are a small national charity founded in 1978, using gardening to improve the lives of disabled people. Their activities focus on promoting the benefits of gardening to both individuals and organisations, as well as teaching techniques and practical applications so that anyone with a disability can take part and enjoy gardening. Research underpins Thrive's work to provide evidence and improve understanding.
They realise that gardening can help individuals accomplish a wide variety of things. It helps rebuild people's strength after illness or an accident and can provide purposeful activity to someone coping with a difficult period in their life. The HQ near Reading in Berkshire has a walled garden, classrooms, orchard, offices, small shop, greenhouse, polytunnels, vegetable beds, wildlife garden and much more.
Quality Garden Tools founder, Dominic Elsom presented the new tools to the staff and clients at Thrive and got to see first hand the great facilities and services that are on offer. Dominic was particularly impressed with how enthusiastic all the clients were and at the high levels of horticulture practised by them. Along with general gardening tasks like planting and weeding there is tuition on propagation, use of garden and power tools and grow your own food production. The photo on this page shows Dominic from www.qualitygardentools.com, Sue Tabor from Thrive and the Thrive gardeners with the new tools.
Thrive is a great gardening charity that deserves gardener's support - so why not take a look at their website and make a donation?
Visit the Thrive website at: www.thrive.org.uk
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