Charity Garden is Blooming

Just over a year ago, the view from the bedroom windows of Blantyre short breaks service was of the bins. Now, residents look out to a magical, multi-sensory garden, thanks to two Sense Scotland staff members who decided to transform it.

The seed was planted when staff member Susan McAteer went on a Sense Scotland ‘Creativity at Work’ course Keen gardener Susan said:

“I realised we just weren’t making the most of our garden so the course gave me the inspiration to do something about it. And now we have this amazing multi-sensory garden which residents can feel, touch, smell and even taste.”

In March last year Susan, along with colleague Ann Forrester and the Blantyre residents, got to work in the garden which now boasts a fragrant fairy garden, a peaceful Zen garden and even an edible garden which grows plum, strawberries, raspberries and mint.

Ann and Susan also worked closely with local organisation TACT Healthy Garden, who provided many of the plants for the garden.

Ann says: “It’s really brought people together – service users, staff and the community.”

The residents of Blantyre Short Breaks were involved in the project from start to finish and this is reflected in the garden’s many interesting stories.

A stunning ceramic display, crafted by one resident, includes a teddy bear to represent the football team he supports and stars to represent his tattoo.

The garden also has an apple tree and memory well, created to remember residents who have passed away.

Ann and Susan’s ambitions for the garden keep growing with plans for wind chimes, a bridge and a butterfly kingdom planned for the near future.

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