Veteran’s show garden

Pictured Roddy Baird of Turffit (Left) and Ray Howie.
Turffit will be teaming up with a former soldier from Fife to create a Chinese-inspired show garden for Gardening Scotland 2013.
Veteran Ray Howie, from Ballingry, is creating an Oriental themed garden for the May show in support of horticultural therapy charity Gardening Leave, which helps veterans across Scotland with combat-related stress. Local business Turffit, based near Lochgelly, heard of Ray’s charitable plans and offered their backing.
As well as soil, turf and logistics, the company will be supplying two turf pandas for the garden; one representing the Giant Panda, and one the lesser-known Red Panda. The show garden entitled “The Five Elements of the Orient” will show the pandas in their natural habitat with the theme flowing through to a Chinese themed garden boasting horticultural nods to the Chinese five elements – earth, fire, water, metal and wood. Gardening Scotland 2013 runs from Friday 31st May through to Sunday 2nd June 2013.
Ray said: “I’m really grateful for Turffit’s help, their donation and support will make a real difference. Although Gardening Scotland isn’t held until early summer, I’ve been planning the garden for months. It takes a lot of hard work and is quite a logistical feat.”
Roddy Baird from Turffit said: “We met Ray and some of the Gardening Leave team during Gardening Scotland 2012 and we’re thrilled we can support such a worth-while charity.”
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An estimated 20% of service personnel carry the invisible wounds of conflict, and Gardening Leave helps to heal these mental wounds using gardening therapy at projects nr Ayr, Glasgow and Dundee.
By attending the gardening sessions, serving and ex-service personnel feel less socially isolated. They improve their fine motor skills, memory, concentration and mobility. Their practice sequencing and planning are improved, as well as functional rehabilitation. Anxiety and stress is reduced through exercise, and the sessions promote a sense of purpose and hope for the future.

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