‘Gar­den­ing helped me to blos­som’

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Real Life -

In 2012, I hit a bit of a low patch. I was work­ing as a carer and, although I love help­ing oth­ers, I found the work it­self made me feel a bit de­pressed.

It’s not in my na­ture to stand still, so I de­cided to vol­un­teer with lo­cal gar­den­ing group Parks for Peo­ple – whose aim is to im­prove Cy­far­thfa Park in Merthyr Tyd­fil – hop­ing the ex­er­cise and work­ing out­doors would give me a boost.

Be­ing part of the group has brought me a whole new so­cial

cir­cle. Gar­den­ing re­ally sparked my cre­ativ­ity, and it wasn’t long be­fore I en­rolled in a hor­ti­cul­ture course to en­hance my skills.

I now run my own busi­ness, Garden Thyme – which is some­thing I never thought I’d do. I love work­ing for my­self, and my creative side re­ally comes to the fore when I’m help­ing peo­ple to de­sign, main­tain and im­prove their out­door spa­ces.

I’m still vol­un­teer­ing at Cy­far­thfa Park, too. It’s great be­ing part of such a large project, and I find gar­den­ing such a mood booster.

If you’d told me back in 2012 that in three years’ time I’d have com­pletely changed my life, I wouldn’t have be­lieved you. But, just as the seeds that I planted in my early days of vol­un­teer­ing have now be­come beau­ti­ful flow­ers, my own life has blos­somed and I couldn’t be hap­pier.

An­gela Beacham, 55,

Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales

Work­ing out­doors led An­gela to

launch her own busi­ness

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