Gardening project could wither and die

Gardening project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.