Friend In Deed had a vision to improve an outdoor space at Broadland View care home in Norwich. We wanted to create an area for residents to enjoy, which could help to improve their wellbeing.
The courtyard was overgrown and in need of some TLC.
Step 1 – clearance and tidying
Our gardening volunteer, Rob and Kelly from Friend In Deed spent time cutting the trees back to let more light in and removed old plants. They enjoyed a mix of the weather and were provided with cups of tea from staff and advice from helpful and curious residents!
Step 2 – Cleaning the patio tiles
The care home manager kindly purchased a jet wash so we could clean the floor and make it safe for the residents (as well as having a little fun!)
Step 3 – Adding plants
Homebase on Hall Road in Norwich kindly donated some plants and trees.
With the help of volunteer, Keith, the residents began to grow herbs and the raised flower bed became a mixed flower and herb garden
Step 4 – Finishing touches
The care home owner bought new fencing and lovely furniture so the residents would be able to enjoy the beautifully regenerated courtyard and Kelly from Friend In Deed used some donated spray paints from a local artist, As One Arts, to add a splash of colour to some garden ornaments.
Look at the difference! The flowers and herbs are growing nicely (thank you Great British summer!) and the patio looks brand new.
The residents have already been able to enjoy the view of their lovely new outdoor space and play a few games. The residents have made comments on the garden being “wonderful” and a “joy to relax in”.
Thank you to all of the lovely people that were involved in the project, it’s amazing what some donations and elbow grease can achieve and with a little maintenance, the residents will be able to enjoy this for years to come.