At Saughall Road in Chester we had a decking area that had become unsafe to use. The decking was removed and Nick (staff) spoke to Kenny and Tony, who live here, and they decided that it would be a shame to waste the wood, so they put their thinking hats on and came up with ideas of what to do with the wood.
Some of the ideas were to extend the vegetable patch, build some new seating and build a platform for a new greenhouse. Nick and Tony came up with the idea of a pagoda (we had no idea what this was but Nick and Tony assured the staff it would look fantastic!) Sharing ideas on what to do with the wood became a nightly occurrence with pictures, drawings and iPads spread out all over the kitchen table.
With the pile of wood looking rather sorry for itself, Kenny, Tony and Nick made short work of building the staging for the new greenhouse; Kenny and Tony holding the wood and Nick screwing it all together. Not only were we building, we were putting in applications for the staff council for funding for the new greenhouse. Tony had drawn an excellent picture of the garden, and what everyone had planned so they could not say no!! Everyone would like to thank the Staff Council for the greenhouse.
We also ordered a bench to go around the tree from money that had kindly been donated by Tony’s family, when his father sadly passed away. Tony is particularly happy with this as it’s a place for him to go and remember his mum and dad. The rest of the money was used to buy a water feature and a plaque in memory of his mum and dad.
We built planters around the new patio area and extended the vegetable patch. This was good fun with Nick, who supported both Kenny and Tony to attach the wood together with the handheld power tool, teaching new skills to both the tenants. A lot of laugher was heard during this time while Kenny and Tony got to grips with building.
When all this was finished we still had a lot of wood left over and this is where Tony and Nick decided to build a pagoda. They found a suitable area where they could build and Tony and Nick spent time searching the internet for ideas of shape, size and height. This was the space so Tony and Nick decided it needed to be big and something special. Nick and Tony got going on the pagoda and boy was it big when it was finished.
Kenny spent a lot of time watering the garden and ensuring the flowers and vegetables were ok. Kenny enjoys taking ownership of this and every night he waters and checks all the plants and vegetables.
Now we are nearly finished, just some painting to finish off; Tony and Kenny are waiting for good weather to do this. Nick has spent so much time encouraging Tony and Kenny to take ownership of the garden, and supporting them to learn new skills. Nick has shown off talents we did not know he had and turned the garden into something wonderful. Tony and Kenny have really enjoyed being out in the garden and are looking forward to taking the vegetables that they grow to share with other houses. They are proud to show off what all their hard work has produced. Once the fruit is ready for picking then they will start jam making and using our home grown herbs and veg in the cooking.
Now what can we learn and do together next?
Senior Support Worker
Saughall Road, Chester