wheelchair access

Getting accessible gardens right

accessible gardens - a decking path

Truly accessible gardens are few and far between. This is a crying shame as there are so many health benefits to gardens – from improved sleep to better mental health. A study by researchers Soga, Gaston & Yamaura published on Science Direct found: “Participating in gardening activities has a significant positive impact on health. Indeed, the positive association with gardening was observed for a wide range of health outcomes, such as reductions in depression and anxiety symptoms, stress, mood disturbance, and BMI, as well as increases in quality of life, sense of community, physical activity levels, and cognitive function.” 

London Overground celebrates boost for accessible travel

Travelling in and around London is getting easier as another new development is unveiled at an overground station. 

Canonbury station has been adapted to make getting from the street to the train much easier for people in wheelchairs. 

The new level-access raised platforms have already been introduced at a number of London Underground stations, but this is the first time they have been installed on the Overground network. 

Humps have been fitted along platforms one and two, serving the East London line, and will enable wheelchair users to board and alight trains without the need to use a manual boarding ramp.