The garden is a place to relax and spend time in. And Paul, a resident at Warnford Close, is fixing it up!
Staff at our mental health recovery home support Paul to build his independence and resilience to move on to greater independence. Paul likes to keep busy and feel productive and is working hard so he can move on next year.
Earlier in the year, Paul wanted to work on an area of the garden that has become a bit of an eyesore. It was rubble, mud and overgrown weeds. He wanted to create a space which was for wild flowers, vegetables and herbs. He started by weeding and turning over the earth to create a blank canvas. This was great for Pauls physical and mental wellbeing.
I have enjoyed potting plants and germinating seeds into seedlings and on to beautiful flowers. Doing the garden has been great for me mentally and physically being able to occupy my time. It’s made me feel really useful and productive. I enjoy watering the plants and keeping them healthy.
My next plan is to grow some more plants and flowers for the wildlife. I want to plant some berries and cabbages for the butterflies. I’m really looking forward to seeing the outcome.
Sadly, due to a set of badgers who come to the garden daily, the vegetables didn’t last long! But the beautiful flowers have continued to flourish and give the butterflies and bees a natural area to visit. All of the residents and staff love looking and spending time in the garden.