Gardening is a popular and relaxing pastime which you can continue or start to enjoy if you are blind or partially sighted.

Getting into gardening

RNIB works closely with Thrive to make gardening more accessible. Thrive is a small national charity that uses gardening to help disabled people transform their lives.

RNIB, in partnership with Thrive, has developed a range of services which provide information and guidance to gardeners who have sight loss. We also have the following factsheets available which provide advice, information and contact details to help blind and partially sighted people to access gardening:


Thrive can also provide you with useful hints and tips from other gardeners who have sight loss. They offer a range of services including:

  • How to set up a local gardening club guide, which can help you to start your own club. Thrive can also put you in contact with a blind gardeners' club near your home.
  • Gardening advice by telephone, email or post to help you with any gardening questions you may have, with some information by post available in braille and large print.
  • Carry on gardening website, which brings you easier ways to do everyday gardening jobs with tried and tested gardening equipment and tools for people who have sight loss.
  • Annual membership costs £25 and includes a quarterly "Growth Point" magazine available in braille, large print or on audio CD.
  • Set training courses delivered regionally across the academic year. Bespoke training is also available alongside representation at seminars and conferences.
  • Specialised gardening publications available to purchase (the catalogue of publications is available on the Thrive website and you can also request this in large print from Thrive).

For more information about any of the support provided by Thrive telephone 0118 988 5688 or email:

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