How can I carry on gardening?

With a bit of planning and some small changes to the equipment and techniques you use, you'll be able to overcome many obstacles which might initially get in the way of you being able to enjoy spending time in your garden.

With the help of Thrive, we've produced a detailed factsheet with advice on the changes you can make.


Thrive can provide you with useful hints and tips from other gardeners who have sight loss. They offer a range of services including:

  • How to set up a local gardening club guide
  • Gardening advice by telephone, email or post to help you with any gardening questions you may have, with some information by post available in braille and large print and on CD.
  • Carry on gardening website, which brings you easier ways to do everyday gardening jobs with tried and tested gardening equipment and tools for people who have sight loss.
  • Annual membership costs £25 and includes a quarterly "Growth Point" magazine available online.
  • Set training courses delivered regionally across the academic year. Bespoke training is also available alongside representation at seminars and conferences.
  • Specialised gardening publications available to purchase (the catalogue of publications is available on the Thrive website and you can also request this in large print from Thrive).

The following publications are currently available from Thrive:

  • Getting on with gardening
  • Getting on with growing food
  • Getting on with growing in containers 
  • Gardening Yearbook
  • Gardening Together

Although Thrive no longer hold stocks of these books, they can print out colour photocopies and bind them, or send audio CDs. There are also a limited number of braille copies available too. 

For more information about any of the support provided by Thrive contact them on:

Help with other leisure activities

The Sight Loss Advice Service can carry out a Quality of Life Check (QLC) about adapting to life with sight loss, including leisure activities. Call our Helpline for more information:

  • 0303 123 9999

We've also got a number of different factsheets or leaflets with more information about leisure activities at home:

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