Over the past few months the team at Maples Care Home have been hard at work transforming their garden into a sensory oasis, with help from Santander, the local scouts group, families, friends and of course the residents.
As part of Santander’s Discovery Days scheme, the bank’s Bexley Branch spent the day at the care home helping redevelop the garden and generously contributing £250 towards the materials to get the garden off to a great start.
Amy Moss, Regional Manager-Supervision in the Bexleyheath region said: “We were very excited to be involved in such a great project, helping to provide a welcoming garden environment for the residents and relatives alike. We had two excellent days painting, assembling the planters and planting these up with flowers, fruit and vegetables for the residents to enjoy.”
The garden project first started back in January, where family and friends knuckled down painting old tyres in all different colours. These colourful tyres would soon become the beautiful raised flower beds, and one of the main centrepieces of the garden.
Maples were also lucky enough to have a visit from the local scouts group, who were eager to get their hands dirty. As part of their garden badge they were set to work on the fruit and vegetable plot, where they helped to plant broad beans, gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries. It’s safe to say the residents and staff can’t wait for them to grow.
After nearly five months of hard work, the gardens were finally ready for the grand reveal. In preparation, the residents created beautiful bunting to decorate the patio area. Tuesday 23rd May was the official opening, and one of the lucky residents Molly who was celebrating her 94th birthday, cut the ribbon. It was a fantastic day had by all, with tea, scones, biscuits and cakes served afterwards.
The gardens are well worth a visit, so next time you are passing Maples Care Home be sure to pop in and meet the team.