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A guide to reducing the plastic in your gardening life

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of plastic in the world and in your garden? Worried that you alone can’t make much difference? Are you confused by all the gardening products claiming to be biodegradable or compostable? Or maybe you just don’t know where to start? This book is for you.

This book offers clear information about garden plastics and their effects on the environment.  It offers help to weigh up alternative materials and marketing claims

Low-cost, fun and DIY ideas for adapting your garden and the way you garden to use less plastic

‘An excellent well-researched reference and the first book on how to reduce the use of plastics in horticulture. The author offers practical solutions to one of today’s key environmental challenges for gardeners.’  Ken Cox, author of Woodland Gardening

While most book covers contain plastic, this one is plastic-free.

“Absolutely full of great ideas for activities with participants of all ages”

“Great resource to support all abilities covering many different topics to help support wellbeing, mental health and support the local community, people and the planet.” 


“Great for being able to pick a focused activity for a particular time of the year as well as being conscious of the environment. Good simple illustrations to aid understanding of activity.” 

“A great resource thank you for creating and sharing this.” 



A Step-by-step guide to year round gardening activities.

52 simple yet inspirational ideas for all.

Whether you’re a novice gardener or keen enthusiast, this guide is for you. Are you in need of new suggestions to keep your group going throughout the year, on the rainy days as well as the sunny ones? Unsure of what to plant, when, to ensure a gorgeous display or a tasty crop? Don’t worry. We have created 52 simple activities to keep you and your group gardening all year - and many can be completed on a table-top.

Lovingly compiled by our team of can-do gardeners who are used to growing things in all kinds of situations, these activities will work in most micro-climates. You’ll find ideas to suit whether you garden in northern glens where the sun doesn’t reach the soil ‘til late in the day or in wet western towns where you know it’s summer mainly because the rain gets warmer.

The activity ideas here are designed to be enjoyed by anyone, with adaptations to help whether manual dexterity is not your strong point, you’re adapting things with a friend who gardens in a wheelchair, or perhaps you garden with people with visual impairments or dementia.

Many of the ideas include extension suggestions – conversation topics, crafts and cooking ideas or ways to make a project more sociable. Packed with exciting and adaptable activities and inspiration, we hope this guide will have you gardening.

‘The problem of plastics is one of the many major environmental challenges of our age. Gardening, generally seen as an activity which is good for the environment and for the humans who practice it, but the use of plastics in garden pots, furniture packaging and crop protection needs to be addressed. Plastic Free Gardening is the first book on the subject and covers pots, crop protection, tools, propagation and much more. It is sobering to realise how much plastic is used by gardeners and how much cannot be reused or recycled.’ 


‘An excellent well-researched reference and the first book on how to reduce the use of plastics in horticulture. The author offers practical solutions to one of today’s key environmental challenges for gardeners. ‘ 


Both long and short reviews: Ken Cox, Author of Woodland Gardening, Garden Plants for Scotland, Fruit and Vegetables for Scotland. 


“…full of practical advice for recycling, reusing and avoiding plastics….makes the reader feel motivated rather than guilty. I definitely recommend this book to talk you through (reducing plastic in your garden).” Abigail Shepherd, The Perthshire Magazine, February 2020. 

“One of the attractive elements of this ‘bible’ is the end-of-chapter summaries of dos and don’ts…this book certainly hits the spot.” Jim McColl, The Press and Journal, January 2020. 

“…a realistic blueprint tempered with a message of optimism…. An excellent reference book which is easy to understand and gives the reader numerous low-cost and DIY ideas.” John MacLennan, The Caledonian Gardener, January 2020. 


New, free, online booklet Sowing the Seeds,

Cultivating Therapeutic Horticulture in Ukraine

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Trellis Guide – How to set up a Therapeutic Gardening Project

The expert guide to setting up a therapeutic garden project – created by therapeutic gardeners!

This illustrated guide describes the main aspects of therapeutic gardening; it aims to help you establish and run a therapeutic gardening project and highlights the areas that need consideration at each stage. With suggestions of sources of further information and contacts to guide you towards finding what works for your group’s unique circumstances.