The Perennial show garden to be exhibited at RHS Cardiff this year is to be relocated to East Sussex after the show.
Veterans’ Growth is due to receive the garden after the RHS Cardiff Flower Show (12-14 April 2019) finishes. The garden will be redesigned by Peter Donegan to fit around the buildings at our site and will be installed in late summer. It will make an instant positive impact on the therapy we can provide to our veterans, extending the range of skills we can teach and providing a stunning outdoor area for socialising and relaxing.
Jason Stevens founded Veterans’ Growth in November 2018 after he witnessed the struggles fellow veterans were facing when attempting to get treatment for mental health disorders. The mission of Veterans’ Growth is to provide horticultural therapy and support to veterans facing these issues. The physical and mental health benefits of horticulture have been widely reported; participants will gain confidence, knowledge and experience and some will go on to find work experience and employment within the industry.
The aim of the charity is to offer support, advocacy and a place on the programme to every veteran in the UK who wants to attend and/or is unable to access help through other channels. If one life is saved as a result of contact with the charity we will call it a success.
Jason Stevens, CEO of Veterans’ Growth says:
We are delighted to be the recipients of this special garden, which is celebrating a landmark year for Perennial, who do such great work in the horticultural industry. The design, craftsmanship and materials in the garden are of the highest standard and we very much look forward to providing this garden with a permanent home where it can be enjoyed by many for years to come.
We always planned to have a kitchen garden at our new site in East Sussex and this makes that dream a reality. To know this great charity that I have supported for the last few years is willing to give back and help our veterans is just brilliant. I want to personally thank everyone involved in this, it means so much that people outside can see what we do makes a difference to the mental health of our veterans. The Army was my family for 16 years, but the horticultural industry and community has made me feel so welcome and I feel they are my new family.