Work that started in March this year on the sensory garden at our Tivoli Court Learning Disability scheme is now in full swing.
Every Monday and Wednesday, Tivoli Court is buzzing with people pushing wheelbarrows, digging, collecting and moving gravel and much more. To date the work completed includes preparing walkways, lifting turf, putting down top soil and gravel for paths, digging trenches to place supporting posts for arches, preparing ground for a greenhouse and mapping out shapes for a vegetable patch.
Lots of people have been getting involved in helping us to prepare the groundwork, including NEC Group and Adecco Recruitment; other customers with learning disabilities; colleagues from the Home Ownership team; Asset Compliance team; Bromford Support; landscapers and gardeners; Nick Cummins; Mick Gallagher and Mick Kent. This has been a great opportunity for everyone involved to learn more about the work we do in Bromford Support.
The idea for the garden first came about following a tenant meeting one Saturday morning in November last year. Fran Belford, Support Worker at Tivoli Court, found pictures of different things for gardens that would stimulate all of the five senses. The customers and Fran discussed the five senses further and completed a collage of their ideas.
Newlands Bishop Farm (NBF) agreed to lead the work on the garden and at the end of last year, Tivoli Court received a £2,000 boost from our own in-house good cause “You Can…”
A sensory garden is a great way to use the land at the front and rear of the scheme. The garden will bring many benefits for customers and will be focused around a walkway through arches covered in roses and other scented flowers (smell) and the borders will contain herbs (taste), leafy plants (touch), wispy plants (sound) and colourful shrubs and flowers (sight). We hope the garden will attract birds and insects too.
Helen Williams from NBF is managing the project and has also designed a vegetable patch to the rear of the building.
The customers and team at Tivoli are really excited about this project and are eagerly watching it develop. They would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped to raise the funding for this project and all those who have already come along to help make it a reality.
We are still looking for volunteers help to complete the transformation, so if you are able to spare a few hours on Mondays or Wednesdays, please contact Fran Belford on 07793 907 008.