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Plymouth retirement living residents celebrate their hard work

23 December 2015
Residents join Sanctuary support coordinator Ali Thompson

Residents at a retirement living scheme in Plymouth have been celebrating the completion of their garden’s makeover.

The garden at Sanctuary Group’s Hoegate Court has been given a new lease of life by a group of the residents, with the help of environmental community charity Groundwork.

The group has been working hard by stripping the original garden and transforming it by fitting a trellis, planting flowers and seeds, and making and installing bird boxes and feeders.

Landscape architects from Groundwork have been helping to develop the garden further by adding edging to separate the flowerbeds from the grass and building raised beds so those residents who are less mobile can enjoy the garden.

In addition to the residents’ bird boxes and feeders, the landscapers also fitted a bench to watch wildlife from.

Residents and staff from the scheme came together with Groundwork to enjoy mince pies, cream teas, tea and coffee to celebrate the new garden.

In the future, residents will be able to get stuck into more gardening, adding their own flowers and plants and cultivating fruit and vegetables.

Ali Thompson, support coordinator for Sanctuary, said: “The garden is looking fantastic and our residents should feel really proud of the hard work they’ve put in.

“By the spring, the residents will be able to enjoy a beautiful garden in bloom and continue to get involved with growing flowers and plants.”

Claire Solerno, Development Manager at Groundwork, said:  “We’re absolutely delighted to have supported the residents at Hoegate Court to transform their garden into a space they can all come together and enjoy.  It was a real team effort and the residents can rightly be proud of their hard work in making this happen.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.