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Creating an accessible garden

Accessibility is not simply about being able to get into a garden – it’s about being able to use the garden once you’re in there. As a result, creating an accessible garden is very much about understanding the needs of the person using the garden, what they want or need to do, and the space itself. Working with individuals, families and institutions, we can create accessible gardens that really help people thrive.

Who is the garden for?

At Pure Construction, we believe in creating spaces that work for the people who use them which means that our disabled accessibility projects can take on very different forms. As an example, when we’re working on a garden for a family home, we create a space that suits the needs of all the family members, however diverse they are. Your family might want wheelchair accessible vegetable planting beds, a safe space for a toddler to play, a tree house with broad, solid steps, fruit trees, flowers – or none of those things!

What is a garden for, really?

Most people can agree on the broad sketch of a garden – green things, growing, near a house, under a (hopefully!) sunny sky. But the details vary enormously and gardens with a wide range of uses. For example, a residential home for the elderly may be looking for a wheelchair accessible space where residents can sit on sunny days or somewhere keen gardeners can get their hands in the dirt again growing fruit and veg – or both! Family gardens also hold a variety of purposes, from play space to learning zone, football pitch to rabbit run, veg garden to flower show and we aim to capture the ones that are important to you.

We have the tricks and tools you need

Once we’ve understood what you want and need from your outdoor space, we can apply our specialist knowledge of available adaptation devices as well as construction techniques to create it. We explore with you the different ways to create effective adaptations in your space. As an example, table beds are often recommended for those who can’t stoop and wheelchair users, but in a garden with a slope creating a terraced bed may do the same job. Likewise, tarmac or concrete may create a more regular surface and low maintenance surface, but so can artificial grass, which can look very natural.

We’re ready to listen

An accessible space may meet national and international guidelines, but it is only truly effective if it works for the people who use it who may have more complex needs than the policy makers imagine. As an example, there are increasing amounts of literature devoted to creating sensory play spaces and safe outdoor exploration areas, particularly for children with special needs, but few delve into how to make that work in small British garden while also fitting in a football net, BBQ, veg patch and somewhere you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea. If you want to thrash out the details with someone who understands, give us a call.

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