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Site transformed

Site transformed

Staff and residents at Adullam’s project in Woolley Bridge decided to use National Gardening Week in April to kickstart a transformation of their site.

The work, which has already given the property a great new look and lots of additional features, is a brilliant example of co-production that not only involves staff and residents but their neighbours too.

As a starting point for the work, resident AD came up with a plan of how the garden could look.

First job was to mow the grass so that the lawn was manageable. Once residents had done this and had cleared brambles from the property behind that were growing over into the garden, an area was dug out to make a vegetable patch. Produce grown here will eventually be used in group cooking sessions.

Staff had sourced pallets, and these were used to create planters which will serve as home for flowers.

They were also able to purchase a shed to store new tools for the garden. These will mean they can help maintain the garden themselves; something the residents enjoy getting stuck into to make their space nice.

Next came digging out all the weeds around the building and making all the borders neat and tidy.

The work didn’t stop with the garden; a fresh coat of paint has been added to the side of the building and its main doors. Posts and chains have been added to set out a clear parking area for staff and visitors.

The work has created a terrific outdoor space for residents, staff and visitors to use - but it is only the beginning.

Life Skills Coach Kerry Woodward explains: “In the corner is a lovely flat area and we have been offered help from our next-door neighbours to make a patio to put our new bench on.

“They have provided us with the stone, cement and sand to help with this, along with volunteering their time free of charge. Obviously, they will be provided with brews from us!”

“We were also provided with a power washer to clean the paths and stones and was donated a half drum BBQ, we will scrub this up nicely for summer to eat in our amazing new space”

The coming weeks will also see planting and maintenance. Well done and thank you to everyone involved; we look forward to seeing you enjoying your space.