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Bloomin’ Lovely

It was trowels and gardening gloves at the ready at Stockdales today! A group of volunteers, staff and service users joined forces to transform the gardens at 34 Harboro Rd.

It’s been a year since the National Lottery winners gave our outdoor spaces a major spruce up. So, we thought we’d give our main site an overhaul.

The day started with breakfast and drinks to get us fuelled for the work ahead. It began with a general hack back of all areas. Trustee and Fundraising Chairman, Nigel, took to the chainsaw and gave everything a thorough cut. There was no stopping him!

Our allotment group and volunteers worked hard potting the hanging baskets and tubs with lots of lovely plants. We can’t wait to see them in full bloom, hopefully in time for our Vintage Tea Party on 11th June.

Some of the people we support in our residential homes also got involved with planting up the baskets for their gardens. They will look tip-top and brimming with colour come the summer months! There were some seriously good smells coming from the lavender and curry plants, with people enjoying the strong scents. Sensory stuff is so important for people with learning disabilities as it helps them to connect with the world.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise. The sun was shining for us, and whilst it was rather windy at times, it stayed fine. Everyone worked so hard to make sure the day was a big success. And our gardens have had a lovely new lease of life.

We took a well-deserved break for lunch before cracking on with ‘operation clear-up’. We’re delighted with the result, as it makes the space nice for everyone involved with Stockdales. Special thanks goes to Nigel, Sharon and Gary Mather, Mark and Alison, Tariq, John and Sean, Jean and everyone else who got stuck in and worked so hard. I think we’ll all sleep tonight!

We’re looking for volunteers to keep our plants watered regularly through the summer months. If you have some spare time and would like to make a difference to a local charity, then give Laura Kelly a call on 0161 973 2296 or email her.

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