Cheddar care home garden transformed by volunteers

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Residents and staff at Greenhill House are delighted to have a re-vamped garden space thanks to volunteers from Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

care industry news-•	Somerset Care provides residential and nursing care for older people in 29 care homes in Somerset and on the Isle of Wight, and also manages a facility for adults with physical disabilities in Taunton.On 12th July, volunteers arrived armed with tools and plants and worked tirelessly to revitalise the garden at the Cheddar care home. One of the aims was to make Greenhill House’s garden more attractive to visiting wildlife, this was supported by a new bug hotel and various colourful and scented flowers.

One of the grateful residents was 94-year-old keen gardener, Geoff, who donated his own windmill and clock, which he bought before moving into Greenhill House. Geoff wasn’t able to help with the physical side of the gardening, but enjoyed being involved by offering guidance and knowledge. Two of the volunteers who benefitted from Geoff’s support were Liam and Ollie, who were on work experience. The three gents were amazed to discover that there was an 80 year age gap between them.

care industry news-•	Somerset Care provides residential and nursing care for older people in 29 care homes in Somerset and on the Isle of Wight, and also manages a facility for adults with physical disabilities in Taunton.

The project was part of a wider piece of work with Mendip Hills AONB’s Nature and  Wellbeing project, which sees the health and wellbeing benefits in supporting people to connect with nature and wildlife. The volunteers will be making regular visits to Greenhill House to share stories and photographs from their volunteering tasks throughout the season.

Speaking on their new garden, Manager, Alyson Day said: “On behalf of the residents and staff at Greenhill House, I would like to thank the Mendip Hills AONB volunteers for their hard work, and also Cheddar Garden Centre (a Wyevale Garden Centre) for their kind donation of plants. It was an absolutely wonderful day seeing our garden transform; we’re hoping the weather allows us to spend more time outside to enjoy it over the summer.”

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