22 August 2016
Volunteers dig it at Sandalwood
Staff from Nationwide and Capita Travel and
Events each gave a day of hard work weeding, planting and
tidying areas of the grounds to create peaceful, restful
environments for service users, staff and carers.
Nationwide worked on the site's large garden, which had been
developed as part of AWP in Bloom in 2014 but needed refreshing.
Now completed, the garden includes lavender benches, a
freshly-painted and renovated shed, a vegetable garden and willow
tree sculptures which will be displayed in the reception area.
Occupational therapy support worker Ollie Cook said the space
represented much more than a garden to the residents of Windswept.
He said, "It needed doing as the last refresh was a few years back.
It's a relaxing space and one of the more popular gardens where
people can come and feel peaceful.
"There's also practical things for people to do such as the
vegetable garden so it's really important it's up to scratch for
the residents and service users. It helps with their recovery."
Capita Travel and Events worked on a small, overgrown area
that had not really been used before, completely transforming it
into a calm, sensory garden.
Windswept Ward Manager Judith King said, "The team totally
recreated a nightmare space into the garden we thought we could
only dream about.
"At the end of the day when our service users saw the
transformation for the first time one commented, 'it feels really
peaceful and calm!'"