Staff and volunteers at BIRT centre, Fen House in Ely have been redeveloping the centre’s courtyards to create an inviting and welcoming area for the service users.

Brian, the father of Fen House physiotherapist, Lee, is a retired gardener and kindly volunteered to help set up the new courtyards.

After talking to residents and staff, a woodland garden with rose bushes and lavender patches were planned as well as two accessible planters, enabling wheelchair users to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The service users worked with Lisa, the Rehabilitation Activity Coordinator, to plant lettuce, tomatoes, runner beans and carrots.

One of the small courtyards has also been turned into a sensory garden, with two large planter troughs painted and planted by the service users which contain herbs, including thyme, rosemary and sage, and also plants, with a range of textures, scents and colours.

An ex-service user, Robert, spent several days helping in the courtyards on his days off work, and Lee has put in lots of hours during evenings and weekends to help get the courtyards finished. Everybody at the centre now spends time watering and weeding the areas to keep them looking well maintained.

Service Manager, Roxanne Rolland, said: “Well done to everybody who contributed to this project. The garden looks lovely and I’m sure it will be a relaxing place for everyone to enjoy”.

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