Cornwall Care, The Eden Project and Cornwall College makeover care home gardens

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Cornwall Care, The Eden Project and Cornwall College makeover care home gardens

Published at 7:11pm 20th May 2020. (Updated at 7:12pm 20th May 2020)

Volunteers from The Eden Project and The Cornwall College Group are teaming up with Cornwall Care to help transform the charity’s sixteen gardens.

The team have gotten underway this week, coinciding with both dementia awareness week and the beginning of the Chelsea Flower Show. 

The hope is that the gardens will not only help improve the lives of the residents, but will also act as a 'thank you' to the key workers continuing to work during the pandemic.

“Our involvement came out of a conversation with Cornwall Care about how we could help give key workers the recognition they deserve. 

Everyone knows the power of gardening and the benefits of having safe and relaxing open spaces, all the more so in these challenging times. It is fitting also that we are starting the project at Woodland in Dementia Awareness Week.” 

Peter Stewart - Eden Project Executive Director

The first garden to be tackled is Woodland in St Austell, which is a 38-bed care home for people in need of dementia and residential support.

It boasts a quiet, enclosed garden which the talented Eden Project horticulturists and volunteers are busy tidying up and re-planting. Staff from Cornwall College’s Creative and Digital Academy have also set up cameras to record the transformation.

Once the garden at Woodland is completed, the teams will move on to Penberthy in Newquay, another Cornwall Care home.

To ensure everyone's kept as safe as possible during the transformation, a maximum of four people will be working in the gardens at any one time. 

The team are hoping to work on as many Cornwall Care gardens as possible over the next four to five weeks.

'It’s very exciting and we’re really grateful to everyone concerned. Our gardens are mentally and physically very important – not just for residents and staff but for family and friends as well.

As far as the current pandemic is concerned, our homes are closed to visitors, but arrangements can be made for loved ones to see one another at a safe distance outdoors'.

 Anne Thomas - Cornwall Care CEO

To help decorate the gardens, and make sure they're functional, Cornwall Care are also asking for donations from local businesses. 

'The project has two phases: the first is all about tidying up and maintaining the gardens and the second is securing funding and sponsorship to enable more substantial makeovers.

In the meantime, we would be delighted to hear from any businesses or individuals prepared to donate garden furniture and other accessories like greenhouses and lighting'.

 Jan Burns - Cornwall Care Fundraising Manager

If you would like to donate to the project, please get in touch with Cornwall Care, here.


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