Buckingham Garden Centre

We are a family run garden centre that is well known nationally as a specialist for bare rooted hedging plants and young trees. The Garden Centre always has a good selection of shrubs and plants which are not commonly found elsewhere, together with a wide range of the more commonly sought after plants. Established for over 50 years, the Garden Centre has recently been redeveloped to a high standard. Our shop contains the largest selection of seeds and bulbs for miles around, together with garden chemicals, tools, garden furniture and many other goods. Outside we stock peat-based and peat-free composts, paving, fencing, timber decking, garden buildings and greenhouses, and a large range of pots, statues and garden ornaments. Our aquatics centre has a good reputation for their excellent quality tropical, marine and cold water fish. The Gardeners' Retreat, our coffee shop/restaurant, serves fresh home cooked food and is an excellent way to round off any visit to the Garden Centre.

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Every year staff and partners of the Garden Centre 'elects' a charity which is then promoted by various means throughout the year and this year the local charity, based in Great Horwood, Medical Detection Dogs has been adopted.

Many of you will be aware that a series of their dogs, Barton, Alice, Whizz, Kiwi and Ember have spent some of their time training with Pauline and Richard at the Garden Centre before moving on to clients with type one diabetes, or with Kiwi to continue training on the Bio detection team and be at the Garden Centre when she is not 'working'.  Customers will also have seen the dogs from the Medical Detection Centre in their distinctive red coats training in the shop and outside at the Garden Centre.  With all the connections of the Garden Centre to this charity it seemed a good choice to try to raise some money for them and increase their profile with the public, as, not only are they always needing funds to continue their valuable work, but also more volunteers to help socialise the puppies.

If you pick up one of their leaflets from the shop, or visit their web site, www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk, you can read in detail about the amazing work this charity is doing by working with the powerful scenting instincts of dogs to help detect and manage human disease.  

There are two aspects of their work, one to train and partner dogs to alert and support people with life threatening conditions, mainly type 1 Diabetes, but also Addison's disease, Narcolepsy and severe allergies where the dogs are trained to alert their partner so preventing dangerous medical episodes such as coma and anaphylactic shock.  They are continuing to investigate other health conditions which the dogs may have the ability to provide assistance.  Having met some of the people these dogs have been partnered with, it is amazing to hear how partnership with a dog has completely changed the life of the partner and in many cases their whole family.

The other aspect of their work is training dogs in cancer detection.  Their aims are to assist scientists through research into the development of electronic systems (E noses) that will assist in the early detection of cancer through cheap non-invasive tests.  In the short term, the dogs could provide additional screening for cancers that are currently difficult to diagnose reliably, such as prostate cancer.  They are currently studying the ability of dogs to detect breast and prostate cancer from breath and urine sample respectively and they have a multi-disciplinary team of eminent academics working.  Kiwi is being trained successfully on the prostate cancer programme going in to the Centre at Great Horwood in the morning and being collected late afternoon to spend the rest of the time with Pauline and Richard. One could carrying on writing about the great things this charity has achieved and is achieving, but we need to make you aware of the things we are planning in order to help raise awareness and some money as well (we hope).  The dog that really helped to launch the charity was one owned by Dr. Claire Guest, the head of the charity, whose name is Daisy, (pictured left) so Daisy will be our theme!

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