The aim of the project was to include and encourage residents from the Avondhu unit to make choices for their garden and to have the outside space as an ongoing project.
The manager of Gartinney Nurseries, which is run by Scottish Autism, was contacted for advice and the staff and clients from Gartinney were invited to afternoon tea with the residents and staff of Avondhu Unit. The garden centre visitors did not only give advice but also donated and planted some beautiful plants.
Senior Support Worker Molly Stevenson also contacted staff at Clackmannanshire Council recycling department, who kindly donated recycling boxes for the unit to grow vegetables.
Tanya Taylor-Smith, Manager of Marchglen Care Centre, said:
‘This has been wonderful project for everyone involved. The garden is now developing into a heavenly retreat that all who live and visit Avondhu can enjoy. The garden hosts herbs, vegetables and array of flowers. It really is a true delight.’
As part of the project an outside volunteer tidied the garden, cleaned and repainted the memorial bench and sited a bird table and feeders for the residents to view and identify visiting birds.
The local art centre was also contacted and Avondhu residents’ artwork was produced using specialist outdoor materials so it could be exhibited on the garden fence. To fund the garden art work, residents and staff at Avondhu hosted a coffee afternoon and raffle. Senior Support Worker Molly Stevenson baked for the event and coordinated the raffle, receiving donations from the unit’s relatives and staff.
Marchglen Care Home is an innovative collection of four houses providing a range of specialist care and forming a unique community on the outskirts of Fishcross. The state of the art facility supports up to 36 people including those with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery.