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2018-08-13 11:33:39

How do I test the pH of my soil? What are the best potted plants? How can I help my lawn recover from the hot weather?


These are just a few of the questions that green-fingered members of the public can put to three well-known gardening experts at an upcoming fundraiser for Hft.

The question and answer event in Whichford offers an opportunity for anyone with an interest in gardening to pick the brains of an expert panel. Guests will have 90 minutes to receive advice on all their gardening queries during the lively and interactive session chaired by Stefan Buczacki. The prominent horticulturist has authored over 60 books and broadcasted on Radio 4 Gardener’s Question Time for 12 years.

Panellists include Jane Perrone, writer, former gardening editor for The Guardian, and host of popular podcast On The Ledge. Jane brings specialist knowledge of house plants to the event. Also on the panel is Sarah Malleson, Head Gardener at Hidcote Manor’s National Trust garden, and Paul Williams, an author and expert on container gardening, garden design, and plantsmanship with over 35 years of gardening experience. Completing the line-up is Royal Horticultural Society Advisor and Pershore College lecturer Duncan Coombs.

Taking place at 6pm on 27 September in the grounds of Whichford Pottery, the gardening event also includes an auction and raffle with plenty of prizes up for grabs. Guests will have the chance to find out more about the work Hft does supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible, as well as enjoying canapes made and served by some of the adults it supports.

Paul Williams

Locally the charity provides person-centred services ranging from flexible day support to supported living at home – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. The event is aiming to raise £15,000 which is set to go towards building a new conservatory at an Hft service in Moreton in Marsh. The residents there take great pride in their home and, together with Hft support workers, have recently transformed their garden into a glorious space complete with a path, pergola and an area in which to reflect. The new garden has encouraged new wildlife in and residents are now enjoying regular birdwatching.

Lisa Harrison, Divisional Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a unique opportunity to quiz our brilliant panel of experts! We’re delighted that these prolific gardeners are taking time out of their busy schedules to answer the public’s burning gardening questions for a great cause.

“To have the extra space that a conservatory at our Moreton service would provide would mean everyone has the opportunity to watch the wildlife together and offer some much needed space for quiet time, so we’re hoping to raise as much money as possible for this amazing project.”

Tickets are priced at £30 and are available to buy online or from Lisa Harrison on 07554 408157.

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft, please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit www.hft.org.uk/resources-and-guidance

Location: Hft Worcestershire Area