John Donlevy and staff member Jon Williams who live at Beudygwyn Farm at Carreglefn, Amlwch, have been wielding their gardening forks and turning over the soil and digging in organic fertiliser in the service’s new polytunnel.
Said service manager Gwenda Potter: “We are quite exposed up here but with the polytunnel we’re sheltered from the worst of the weather, so when it’s cold and wet outdoors it’s pleasantly warm inside.
“It means we can make an early start with our planting and steal a march on nature. We are looking forward to tucking into a harvest of delicious tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and lettuce once summer comes.
“For the people who live here it gives them experience of gardening and an idea of the range of things they are able to grow. To watch something develop from a seed or a small plant into an edible crop is so rewarding.”
Beudygwyn Farm, run by award-winning care provider Regard, provides support for up to14 people with moderate learning disabilities, mental health needs, complex and challenging behaviour and physical disabilities.
The main house is registered for three service users with a further 11 beds in four cottages in the grounds of the farm, including a self-contained flat suitable for a service user who needs rehabilitation training to move from residential care to a more independent setting.
The service is in the unusual position of having a vacancy currently in one of the bungalows.