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Decking firm Gripsure a favourite with ITV Love Your Garden's Alan Titchmarsh

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One Cornish business has become a favourite with TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh.
Gripsure helped create the decking for a sensory garden for a four-year-old girl with severely limited vision.
Now the garden has featured on the popular ITV show Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh.
Bugle-based Gripsure provided its non slip decking for the garden, which was created by the Love Your Garden team for Isabelle Cooper, from Hythe in Southampton.
The four-year-old has a rare degenerative eye disease called LCA (Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis), and will one day go completely blind.

Decking business Gripsure created the decking for a sensory garden for little disabled girl and Alan Titchmarsh loved it
Before the ITV show, the family’s back garden was a rectangle of lawn surrounded by uneven, slippery paving that made it a difficult place for Isabelle to play.
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The Love Your Garden team transformed it into a safe haven for Isabelle and her family.
Katie Rushforth, from the Love Your Garden team, wrote on her website: “We packed the garden full of sensory elements, scented plants, herbs, textures, and fun with a play area full of music and colour.
It was key that Isabelle could enjoy and familiarise herself with her new garden, so when she loses her sight, she will still be independent in her own outdoor surroundings.
“The garden was also to be a training ground for the next steps in Isabelle’s life.
“The world isn’t flat, so the garden needed to offer a challenge, but also be fully interactive and educational – but above all, it had to be fun.”

Gripsure is the decking business from Bugle which helped create a sensory garden
The production team used Gripsure non slip decking to create a safe walkway leading to a play area.
The timber decking was customised with green anti slip inserts to complement the design.
Gripsure managing director Mike Nicholson said: “When Love Your Garden approached us to ask if we could supply decking for this garden, we were more than happy to help.
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“I am a big fan of the show and when we heard about the family’s situation and what Alan and the team were aiming to achieve with the garden we knew Gripsure decking would work really well with their plans.
“We are aware that Isabelle has not been able to play outside as much as her family would like, so we hope that providing non slip decking will go a little way to helping her spend more time outdoors.

The Gripsure team who provided the decking for the sensory garden
“All of us at Gripsure would like to send our very best wishes to Isabelle and her family. We hope you have many, many happy days together in your beautiful new garden.”
Source: Cornwall Live