The Society of Garden Designers has announced Thrive as its charity partner for the SGD Awards 2020, following partnerships with both Greenfingers and Perennial in the last seven years. The money will be raised at the SGD Awards Ceremony, which will be staged on Friday 31 January 2020.
Thrive - the gardening for health charity - specialises in using therapeutic horticulture to improve people's lives. Working with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, long-term illness and those with poor mental health, the charity uses plants and gardens in a process known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) to help improve physical and mental health as well as communication and thinking skills. Thrive also uses the garden as a safe and secure place to develop social skills, as well as life skills that will help their clients live more independently.
The charity, which is the UK’s leading Social and Therapeutic Horticulture training organisation, was established over 40 years ago. It has centres in Birmingham, London and Reading where hundreds of clients come to take part in its programmes.
Lynne Marcus MSGD, Council Member for the SGD Awards, said: “The Society is delighted to be working with such a worthy charity as Thrive. It’s an organisation that many of our members are familiar with and a cause that we all actively support. We hope the partnership will help them to continue the invaluable work they do supporting people with mental, physical and learning disabilities around the UK.”
Thrive's Fundraising Manager, Stacey Lewis, said: "Raising Thrive’s profile is incredibly important to us to be able to achieve the goal of supporting more people through therapeutic horticulture, so it’s a real honour to be chosen by SGD as their charity partner for the upcoming Awards."
The SGD Awards, which are in their eighth year, are now open for entries for 2020. In total, 16 award categories are open to SGD Members ranging from Large Residential Garden and Planting Design to Garden Jewel and International Garden. A new Beth Chatto Eco Garden Award has also been introduced for 2020.