Share the Lawn Love - The Stories

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Earlier this year, we asked our amazing GreenThumb customers to nominated someone they felt deserves a years’ worth of free lawn treatments.

Why? Since covid and with everything else that’s happening in the world outside our control, more and more people are turning to their gardens, local green spaces, and nature for quite literal grounding. The Share the Lawn Love campaign will help to improve the mental and physical health of individuals, families, and community groups, up and down the country.

We’re proud to be able to help some truly great causes, at a time when transforming lawns into green sanctuaries will have an even greater impact on the wellbeing of the recipients.

We would also like to thank the volunteers from our partners the National Garden Scheme and Scotland’s Garden Scheme for selecting the recipients. GreenThumb will be providing our Standard Programme to over 160 lawns across the UK.

Our nominees and their story

St Joseph’s Church in Birtley, Gateshead.

GreenThumb Share the Lawn love successful nominations

Nominated by local resident and pastoral council member, Catherine Tumelty, the church will now benefit from a complete lawn transformation, which has so far been tended by caring members of the local community. GreenThumb’s treatments will allow its congregation to enjoy outdoor services and gatherings in the ground.

Nikkie, from Oldham.

Nikkie from Oldham in her garden

Since suffering a major injury almost three years ago, Nikkie is now a permanent wheelchair user. Her mum nominated her to receive our free lawn services so she could reclaim her garden as her sanctuary and enjoy the outdoors again this summer. We’re very proud to be able to help Nikkie make the most out of her garden space.

Yakub, from Bolton. 

Yakub from Bolton standing in his garden

Yakub, is a full-time carer to his unwell wife, so rightfully so has been struggling to maintain his garden.

Nominated by his lovely niece, Yakub, will now be able to reclaim the outdoor space he so often enjoyed with his wife, before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sutton and Wawne Museum, heart of Sutton village.

Image of Sutton and Wawne Museum

Sutton and Wawne Museum is a small museum based in the heart of Sutton village. The museum contains historical artefacts and has a facility to assist families in researching their family tree. They have an outside space for the local community to enjoy and we’re looking forward to helping keep the lawn beautiful, so more people in the area can enjoy it.

Dave, from Chepstow.

Dave has a very rare heart condition. He has a pacemaker and defibrillator but devotes his life to helping others and has been amazing at running and training youngsters at the Forest of Dean athletics. Dave loves his garden and would love to see the lawn looking green and healthy, so we can't wait to continue supporting him this year and bringing his garden back to life.

Beryl, from Epsom. 

Beryl is 91 years young and still loves enjoying time in the garden. We'll be helping maintain her lawn, so she can enjoy lots of time outside this summer.

Timber Close, Bramham.

The community space at Timber Close, Bramham, will benefit from our help this year, as we help them work towards a Bramham in Bloom award. The village has been awarded gold for a number of years, so we want to help them keep up their winning streak.

Kelly and Ryan Fretton, from Manningtree.

Kelly and Ryan have been chosen to receive a year’s worth of free lawn treatments to help revamp their garden, after it was neglected during COVID, due to the couple being key workers for the ambulance service. The couple will now benefit from a complete lawn transformation, allowing them to enjoy their garden again, with their two young children.

Susan Bentley, from Hornchurch.

Susan has been chosen to receive a year’s worth of free lawn treatments after her daughter nominated her to benefit from a garden transformation. Susan was nominated as she’s been an inspiration for her family and has encouraged them all to enjoy the benefits of gardening. At 79 years old, she now finds it a little more difficult to keep on top of her garden but still finds a lot of joy in being outside and takes pride in the space she’s created and maintained over the years.

Linda from Bedlington.

Linda has been chosen to receive a year’s worth of free lawn treatments after heroically battling Stage 4 Lung Cancer since 2021. Nominated by her brother John, Linda will now benefit from a garden transformation.

Betty, GreenThumb Perth branch.

At the Perth branch, we'll be helping Betty, who sadly lost her beloved husband in November 2021. Betty loves pottering in the garden and spending time outside, where she fondly remembers her husband, Bobby.

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