We are always delighted to see the people we support take the lead in activities, and the new garden project at Cedars is a shining example.

Following a donation of land by Good News Church, a team of six clients chose to build a raised flower bed to make it easier for people with mobility difficulties to move around the garden.

We are really impressed to see how the group learned to use tools such as saws, screws, electric and manual screw drivers and electric drills while putting the wooden flower beds down. The team explained how they dug a hole and laid stones for a pond and prepared the flower beds before putting stones down. “We laid the membrane and cut it with scissors, the membrane stops the weeds coming through.”

We are looking forward to seeing the group’s plans to bring wildlife into the space by adding bird and hedgehog houses and introducing tadpoles to the pond.

Our clients have made us proud by working hard with Mick and Abigail to change the space from a grassy, muddy patch into a garden. Clients also took charge of raising funds by taking part in a swimathon during the summer. They managed to raise £1000 towards the project, and used this money for materials such as timber, stones, blue slate and coloured cuprinol.

We also cannot wait to see the group growing strawberries, tomatoes other fruit and vegetables and hanging flower baskets. We may even get to enjoy some garden gnomes too. We are all very proud of this amazing project and of our clients. Well done everyone.