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Gardening project could wither and die

Gardening project. Photo: ITV News Central

A gardening scheme for people with learning disabilities may have to close unless more funding can be found to salvage it.

Gardening project. Credit: ITV News Central

The Charnwood Gardening Project, based in Loughborough, helps adults with physical and mental difficulties, to learn horticulture skills, make friends, and gain confidence.

Gardening project. Credit: ITV News Central

Changes to social care funding in recent years means the project can no longer employ a full-time worker, and clients that currently use it will have to pay if they want to continue gardening.

Gardening project. Credit: ITV News Central

Fran Ochalek has been coming to the allotments for the last two years, since he went blind.

Gardening project. Credit: ITV News Central

Fran says they would all be "gutted" if the project has to fold through lack of money.

He says it's a lifeline for all of them.