A new intergenerational garden project is underway at Gold Care Home’s Bletchley House with students from Lord Grey Academy. Initiated by the not-for-profit organisation Develop’s Crack It! team, the project will see the transformation of the care home’s garden.
Over four weeks, pupils from Lord Grey Academy’s Year 10 will visit the Bletchley House’s gardens and help bring to life the ideas of the residents.
Initial plans for the gardens were shared with the residents and they were asked to contribute their thoughts for what they would like to see. Amongst the residents’ suggestions were plants around the pathways, rose bushes, and a birdbath. Based on the residents’ contributions, Crack It! and local landscaping company, Golden Gardens, worked with the students to create a plan for the garden.
Kathy Hughes from Develop explained, “the student’s kicked off the project by working out what they needed and who would be doing what, they have decided to start in the heart of the garden for the flowers and have begun getting rid of the ivy and relaying paving slabs.”
Residents have enjoyed meeting the students and watching their work on the gardens. Resident May Finn commented, “The children have been lovely and respectful, they really seem to enjoy what they are doing”. Another resident, Jean Fane said, “ I love sitting outside in the sunshine so I’m excited that we are going to have a beautiful garden to relax in, I hope I can have a cup of tea with my son in the garden when it’s finished”.
Hayley Brice, the Activity Coordinator at Bletchley House is delighted with the project: “The residents love spending time outside so I try to encourage the residents to go in the garden as much as possible,, I am very excited to reveal the revamped garden to them when it’s finished. It has been so lovely seeing the young adults socialise with the residents. They have worked so hard and continued on even throughout the windy and rainy weather.”
The revamped garden is due to be unveiled on Friday 11th June 2021 by Cllr Mohammed Khan – Mayor of Milton Keynes, and a small, socially distanced, outdoor celebration (weather permitting!) will take place to celebrate the student’s hard work.