Friends of Gardening Leave is an organisation that supports the work of the charity Gardening Leave. Members, or ‘Friends’, are those who are interested in the charity’s work and who would like to get more actively involved in helping it reach more members of the armed forces community.
Becoming a Friend gives you access to exclusive updates on the charity’s progress, future developments, on-going research and fundraising news. You’ll also get told about forthcoming events around the country and how you can personally support Gardening Leave.
Gardening Leave relies upon donations from the public and grant-making trusts and foundations, and as yet receives no statutory funding. It also doesn’t have a fundraising department so it needs as much help as it can get in raising funds. Proceeds will go direct to the Friends of Gardening Leave fund which will be spent on the wish list.
Friends of Gardening Leave is run by volunteer organiser Marion Blair.
Horticultural Therapy (HT) charity Gardening Leave helps ex-Servicemen and women. It aims to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of ex-Service personnel by offering HT in walled gardens.
The charity provides peaceful, unpressurised environments in walled gardens where veterans can participate as much or as little as they choose in the life cycle of the garden. Many of those who attend Gardening Leave’s sites have had difficulties making the transition from military to civilian life and also suffer from combat stress reactions stemming from their military experience (sometimes described as entirely normal reactions to abnormal situations). These include nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, short fuse and hyper vigilance. Gardening Leave offers structure, routine and exercise. Put simply, attendees enjoy being with like-minded people, being outside and having something constructive to do.
To find out more about Gardening Leave click Home to access the main Gardening Leave site.