Summer Lane community Big Dig for garden makeover
Summer Lane Care Home in Worle enlisted the help of local community volunteers to give its garden a makeover. The care home is taking part in ‘Country Court Care in Bloom’ a company-wide gardening competition designed to encourage care home residents to enjoy gardening and outside spaces. Homes across the Country Court Care group will be competing against each other in various categories from ‘Best garden transformation’ to ‘Best vegetables’.
Staff from the Weston-super-Mare care home were joined by local helpers for their ‘Big Dig’ which took place on Saturday 8th April. Parents and children from the Wick St Lawrence Beavers colony as well as volunteers from local businesses came along to help and enjoy the sunshine.
“We had a great response to our call for volunteers” said Well-being and Activities Coordinator, April Lewis “It gave me a real sense of satisfaction to think that this small idea ended up being so well supported locally, it will give a big boost to our Country Court Care in Bloom initiative”.
The area of garden at the back of the care home had previously been rather uninspiring, but the gardening team have plans to turn it into a vegetable and herb garden for the residents to enjoy. The team at the ‘Big Dig’ spent an exhausting day weeding, removing turf and digging over the soil ready for planting. Wide grass pathways were left to enable residents in wheelchairs to move easily around the garden.
The garden will continue to take shape over the course of the summer with residents already planting seeds and planning the next stage of the project.
“The new garden area will be a great asset for the home in the long-term, not just for this project” said April. “It’s really important to encourage our residents to continue to enjoy their hobbies and interests, especially for those living with dementia. We are very excited to be moving on to Phase 2 of the project and thank all those involved so far!”.
Pictured are: Lorna Mallin Beavers Wick St Lawrence Leader with young Beavers Isobel, Lisa, Max and Beau.