Chris Parrott, 25, was injured twice whilst serving with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment on two separate tours of Afghanistan.
The first incident saw a bullet shatter his leg in a battle that claimed the lives of two of his comrades. On his next tour in 2009, he suffered a serious head injury from grenade fragments. As a result of this injury, Chris was diagnosed with epilepsy, and was medically discharged from the Army in 2011
Chris wasn’t sure what he wanted to do once he left the Army but knew that he didn’t want a desk job. He enjoyed being outdoors, and it was during a visit to a home where disabled residents were doing gardening that he decided to pursue a career in horticulture.
He went on to study a two-year course in Horticulture, enabled by funding from The Soldiers’ Charity covering essential costs including clothing, safety equipment and travel. Chris was also an integral part of the landscaping team who built the ‘No Man’s Land’ garden at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
This experience has been invaluable to Chris as the new skills he has learned will provide a vital boost to his CV and help his transition into civilian life. Chris told us that ‘When you leave the Army, you have to adjust to a whole new way of life. In a way, it’s kind of like a no man’s land, as I know I felt a bit lost and quite alone. But I soon found my way, thanks to the support of my family and The Soldiers’ Charity’.
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