Mexican first year student, Mr Carlos Estrada, studying BSc (Hons) Horticulture at Writtle University College (WUC), has teamed up with one of The National Autistic Society's schools, Radlett Lodge School, to create a therapeutic garden for the autistic children.
The children and young adults at Radlett Lodge School, Hertfordshire, have varying degrees of autism ranging from mild to severe. It is planned that work will commence on the school's garden in spring 2017, and should be finished by the end of autumn. One of the key benefits behind the project will be to obtain data regarding the effects of therapeutic gardens on children on the autism spectrum.
In order for the garden to be completed, Carlos needs to raise thousands of pounds. He has already sold mistletoe at the Writtle Village Christmas Craft Fair and at WUC. The WUC Students' Union has pledged a donation to the cause and the University College will provide tools, plants and transport to help the students transform the garden.
Mr Estrada said that he approached The National Autistic Society and chose this particular project because he "wanted to give something back to the community and felt a therapeutic garden would provide current and future generations with a space to relax and seek solace."