James Ascough

"Taking part in the whole experience of being in a TV program (“The Autistic Gardener”) and in its production has been one of the best experiences I have had in my life. Meeting the many production staff, Alan Gardner (the “celebrity” gardener whose idea the project was) and working with the other gardeners who were similar to me because of their autism was an all-round positive happening.

None of this would have been possible without the huge amount of support from Mark Packer and his Welmede team, especially the individual support workers who ‘buddied’ with me on a daily basis to all the various film locations. The whole thing was very exciting and has helped my confidence grow to meet other challenges."