Residents at a Cringleford care home are enjoying a transformed garden, thanks to the efforts of a group of police cadets.
Cavell Court, on Dragonfly Lane, now boasts newly-painted garden tables and chairs, an improved sensory space and plenty of handmade enclosures to attract local wildlife. Panola pansies, begonias, bellis reds and dwarf conifers have also been planted, adding to the existing displays.
The cadets and their leaders joined residents as part of a community project which also aimed to encourage friendship between different generations.
Youngsters helped residents make fat balls for the birds and create colourful decorations such as pinwheels to brighten up the outside space. A total of 40 handmade birdboxes have also been added to the garden, with all of the timber donated by a local Jewson’s branch.
Afterwards, the police cadets joined residents, their relatives and the Care UK team for a well-deserved buffet and firework display. Richard Lawson, home manager at Cavell Court, said: “We’re so grateful to the police cadets who helped spruce up our garden, the project proved to be a real success and you could see from the residents’ faces just how much they enjoyed spending time with the cadets. “Intergenerational relationships have been proven to be beneficial to older people, and it was clear that the residents at Cavell Court really enjoyed the afternoon.
“The outdoors has many therapeutic benefits for older people, not least because it’s given them the opportunity to get back to nature, but it can also improve mood, concentration and relieve stress. We hope the garden will bring much joy to residents and visitors over the coming years.”
Cavell Court is an 80-bed care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.
Picture: Lucy Taylor Photography