Lack of disabled facilities is bad for garden retail sector

More needs to be done in garden centres to cater for disabled gardeners, charity warns.

Disability charity Thrive has warned that inadequate disabled facilities in garden centres are harming the industry and warned that more should be done to accommodate disabled gardeners. New research from the organisation says that while 67 per cent of respondents with a garden bought from garden centres, 18 per cent said a lack of adequate disabled facilities in store or inaccessible premises prevented them from shopping. Thrive chief executive Nicola Carruthers said: “Given the high number of people with a disability who visit garden centres, we must encourage the gardening industry to do more to meet the needs of disabled people.” She added: “Gardeners with disabilities represent an estimated market of two million people which, as we face an ageing population, is growing fast. “We look forward to working with the gardening industry to help remove some of the barriers that people with a disability face in accessing information, supplies and advice.” She said the industry needed to recognise the needs of disabled people with better training for staff, improved access and in-store facilities, and information on how to make gardening easier.

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