GARDENING EXPERT- DIANE FLETCHER
Hello there ! My name is Diane and I attend the group meetings of TCSGW.
I have been gardening for over 50 years and I became involved with the thyroid group through a chance friendly conversation. I was standing in my garden one day and Dave Woolven – a founder member of the group – walked up to me and told me about the group. He also mentioned that they were thinking of developing a garden for patients in the isolation rooms to look out on and enjoy. The area involved was waste land and it would be a challenge but it was one that I was interested straight away!
Dave asked me to come along and offer some advice and support – 7 years on I’m still very much involved and enjoying it very much indeed. I started to think of things from a patient’s perspective – I am an ex nurse so my knowledge in both areas served me well.
A garden offers tranquility and I know how important it is to have something growing in the garden at every season of the year. One of the isolation rooms has a garden which is quite steep – another thing which we had to consider! I came along to meetings and enjoyed meeting the group members. We work hard to try and improve the quality of life for our patients whilst they are in isolation having their treatments.
A great team ethos has developed – forging friendships across the age groups – the gardens are blooming and plans made have come to fruition. We have won awards in the Cardiff in Bloom competition for the gardens with limited access – a really proud moment! The gardens are beyond value, knowledge is shared, all ages come together to work for a common goal – it’s brilliant!
Our greatest drive is to make improvements for the patient – this is one way that we make a very real difference.
Everyone is welcome to come along and lend a hand – experienced or not – just check the website for our gardening dates!