18 June 2014

Volunteers help give garden a makeover

Staff and service users on WWard 4 garden makeover June 2014ard 4 were joined last week, Wednesday 11 June, by a team of volunteers who helped give their garden a 'Ground Force' style makeover.

Ward 4, St Martin's Hospital, Bath, is one of the 10 units taking part in the 'AWP in Bloom' initiative to convert an unused space into a produce garden. Katie Plumbly, the ward's Occupational Therapist, says: "The garden had been neglected for a while and was a little overgrown.

"Thanks to everyone's efforts last week, the garden has been cleared, flowers have been planted and it's now well on its way to becoming a much better place for service users and their relatives to sit outside in."

The group of volunteers had been assembled by the Bath Volunteers Bureau's inVOLve partnership (which helps employer's support volunteering in meaningful activities). The group were also joined by Mike Plows, inVOLve's Network Development Manager, and the new Chairman of BANES Council Martin Veal.

Work started at 9.30am and finished at 4pm with a tea party held to celebrate Carers' Week.

"Gardening, along with being able to spend time in a relaxing, natural green space, has been shown in research to help people with dementia or anxiety, bringing emotional, psychological and mental health benefits," says Katie. "By improving our garden we are hoping to provide a place where service users and their relatives can spend time together or do some therapeutic gardening."

Katie would now like to raise funds to purchase a hose pipe for watering the garden - all donations will be gratefully received. Please email Katie Plumbly or call her on 07880 052530 for more details.

Katie would like to thank the following individuals who helped make the day a success: Mike Plows, Bath Volunteer Bureau InVOLve partnership and Sara Dixon, Bath Volunteer Bureau; Martin Veal, BANES Council Chairman; our team of volunteers from BANES Council; Paul Smith, AWP Volunteer Coordinator; Melanie Vincent, AWP Communications Officer; Fabio from the kitchen who provided us with a fab spread for the Carer's Tea Party; Chris, Manager of Hilliers Garden Centre who worked with us all day and donated plants; Prior Park Garden Centre, Downside Nurseries and Sainsbury's, Odd Down, who donated plants; and Collecteco who lent us hessian sacks and green bins and took away the rubbish!

General progress on the AWP's gardening initiative is available on the AWP in Bloom page - watch out for further news on each unit's progress.

The photo shows Chairman of BANES Martin Veale with volunteers and staff from Ward 4.

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