There was an Edwardian theme to the grand opening of a new sensory garden at a Sanctuary Care home in Birmingham recently.
People from the local community visited Redhill Court Residential Care Home in Kings Norton for the official opening of the home’s Kingfisher Sensory Garden by resident Joan Dainter, aged 89.
As part of the project the gardens were landscaped to include pathways running alongside sensory planting, including fragrant herbs, with raised beds created for residents who enjoy tending to the gardens.
Supporting the project were six volunteers from the Garden Pathway Gardening Services, a project run by BITA Pathways - a charitable organisation which supports people experiencing mental ill health.
The qualified volunteers gain work experience by offering support with a wide range of gardening projects in the community, which boosts their self-confidence and self-esteem and promotes social inclusion.
Manager at the home, in Nearhill Road, Jackie Minihane said: “Our residents were involved in planning the gardens and it was a wonderful activity for them, especially those living with dementia. We had such a great day the weather was fabulous. It was a day filled with laughter and smiles.
“A huge thank you must go to the volunteers from the Garden Pathway Gardening Services, who have been an enormous help in bringing this project to fruition.”