Making a garden easy to use for people with disabilities :
To provide easy and safe access and to accommodate people with a range of disabilities, you may need to make some modifications when planning your garden, including:
• Raise garden beds to help people with physical restrictions, and to avoid bending and stooping.
• Provide tables that are wheelchair accessible where people can do potting and planting together.
• Use pots, window boxes, wheelbarrows and raised containers to make gardening more accessible – these can also be used when space and sunlight are limited.
• Provide retractable hanging baskets that can be pulled up and down so they are within easy reach.
• Use containers with wheels, which can be moved around easily to accessible positions and to catch the sunlight.
• Keep paths smooth, non-slip, accessible and level.
• Have a water supply handy and place plants together according to their water needs.
• Have an equipment storage area or shed nearby.
• Provide shade for working in the garden in summer (remember to use hats, sunscreen and other sun protection).
• Provide ready access to toilets.