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Workshop Aims To Show That Sight Loss Is No Barrier To The Enjoyment Of Gardening

Vision impaired gardening enthusiasts are being invited to take part in a special one day workshop designed to show that sight loss does not need to be a barrier to enjoying their hobby.

The special event is being run by Vision Norfolk in association with the gardening and education team at the charity Thrive, which uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

It will demonstrate a variety of techniques, adaptations, tools and garden design to help vision impaired people carry on gardening.

“There are so many physical, therapeutic and social benefits to gardening, and whilst some people think a sight loss diagnosis is the end for their hobby, that is far from true,” said Mark Smith, leisure activities co-ordinator at Vision Norfolk.

“Gardening is a truly sensory experience, and there are lots of techniques to help those living with sight loss get the most out of being outside in their gardens.”

The workshop, which takes place on Monday 22nd May, will give vision impaired people the opportunity to get hands-on in activities, as well as asking questions and receiving guidance on how they can make the most of their love of gardening.

The workshop is free, thanks to funding provided by Norfolk Community Foundation.  All materials are provided, and will be available for participants to take home at the end of the session.

The Gardening Workshop takes place on Monday 22nd May from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Vision Norfolk’s Norwich hub at Beckham Place in the city.  More details can be found at, or by contacting Mark Smith at [email protected] or on 01603 573000 ext 341.

The gardening workshop is part of the regular Vision Norfolk GardenEyes group, which brings together gardening vision impaired enthusiasts to share their passion.

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