Tenants at Oakes Court, Broadland’s Housing with Care scheme in Downham Market, can now enjoy a beautiful new sensory garden – all designed and created by our Estates Services team.
The garden was designed by Estate Services team members John Bream and Wayne Woolton, specifically for the dementia care ward. The garden design has four main themes that make the best use of the small space. John and Wayne chose the plants to provide plenty of colour, texture and smell – specially the herb garden, which features mint, thyme, rosemary, sage and strawberries.
The garden also had a strong environmental theme. Many of the existing garden ornaments have been lovingly refurbished. Other elements of the design reuse or repurpose materials that would otherwise have been thrown away, such as the brick paving in the herb garden and the colourful homemade ornaments.
Gwen and Stella, who are tenants are Oakes Court, said:
We are really looking forward to being able to sit outside in the garden and feel and smell all the lovely new plants!
Stephani Davis, Head of Housing, said:
Many of our tenants at Oakes Court have sight issues or dementia. This new garden provides a beautiful, calming environment for tenants and staff to use. It’s a great project that has been completely initiated and designed by our Estate Services team. All the work has been done in-house.
NorseCare and Broadland Estates Team helped to get the garden finished in time for the opening day. The Oakes Court tenants enjoyed a guided tour by Estate Services team members, followed by afternoon tea.
Maxine Artiss, NorseCare scheme manager, said:
Thank you to all the Broadland team on behalf of the tenants and Norsecare. It means so much that you have created this lovely new space for tenants. We’re looking forward to spending lots of time out there!