Ilkeston Tablers Organise New Sensory Garden at Nursing Home

Opening of new Sensory Garden

Opening of new Sensory Garden

Rutland Manor Nursing Home in Ilkeston has acquired a new Sensory Garden courtesy of Ilkeston & District Round Table 285, with the help of Broomfield (Derby College), the Prince’s Trust and local businesses – and it incorporates elements from a garden which won Broomfield a Silver Medal at the Harrogate Show this year. The garden was opened by the Mayor of Erewash and Erewash MP Liz Blackman on 16th May.

Students from Broomfield put in over 500 hours of work on the site, clearing up an unused former car park to the rear of the Home, which was formerly Ilkeston’s hospital.  They also designed the garden and supplied the plants from their Silver medal winning Harrogate Show garden. Volunteers from Ilkeston & District RT 285 also helped with the landscaping  and groundwork, painting and planting and co-ordinated the sources of funding and supplies for the project.

Elaine Mallard, Manager of Rutland Manor said :

“Our Nursing Home cares for residents with dementia type illnesses. The way the garden has been designed enables residents to be outdoors at any time and be perfectly safe and stimulated. Raised beds allow occupational therapy to be carried out as a shared activity enhancing community and social inclusion. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ for all the hard work, dedication and innovative design.”

As well as raised beds for easy use by residents, the garden includes a specially built ‘Potting shed’ with disabled access.

Tabler Chris Jackson, Past Chairman and Project Co-ordinator for Ilkeston & District RT 285 said :

“We are is delighted to have been involved and are very proud of the quality and design of the garden. We are especially proud of the spirit of community it has invoked in everyone involved, bringing together Round Table, Broomfield, the Prince’s Trust and many local businesses. The generosity of the supporters has been overwhelming”.

This is the second Sensory Garden project which Ilkeston RT 285 have organised in two years, the previous project being at nearby Hazelwood Care Home in Cotmanhay. They are hoping to give their aching backs a rest for a while now …

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