I recently had the opportunity to pay a visit to some projects run by Scottish Autism near the head office in Alloa.
The first visit was to the Gartinny nursery/garden centre. Here, clients have the opportunity to develop a wide range of horticultural skills which include growing and looking after a wide range of plants, and garden maintenance. The nursery is developing a partnership with Nick Nairn's Cook School to develop and maintain a herb garden, and users also have the opportunity to gain experience in woodworking through a furniture restoration project. A wonderful place run by fantastic and committed staff to support adults with autism, it's well worth a visit if you're in the area. Gartinny Nursery is in the village of Coalsnaughton, near Alloa. Just look out for the signs when you get there, or ask :-)
There are some photos over on the Scottish Autism Facebook page of their recent plant sale weekend where you can get a feel for what they are all about.
Well worth a look and a visit especially if you need to stock up on seedlings, plants, shrubs, or anything else for your garden. Remember that they also provide a garden maintenance service if you need someone to look after your own garden on a regular basis.