'We socialise in the garden now. It’s nice to sit out in the dry weather and talk about our own problems amongst ourselves. It’s really good that we have got a tight support network at Cadmore Lane.’

An inspiring resident at our Cadmore Lane support housing scheme has helped transform the communal gardens for all the residents to enjoy.

Scott, who has always been a gardening enthusiast, wanted to keep himself busy after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was asked by the support team if he would like to work on the outdoor space and create a garden makeover.

The team worked with Scott to provide the plants and equipment he needed, to help him spruce up the garden for everyone to relax in.

Garden makeover

Work started on the garden in the summer of 2020 during the easing of lockdown restrictions.

‘We put some nice flowers in to brighten it up and got new tables and chairs so people can enjoy the garden’ explained Scott. ‘We also put some fairy lights along the fences and around the big tree in the middle of the garden, which brightens it up at night-time. We have introduced wildlife to the garden by putting bird feeders and houses up too.’

The garden’s dilapidated greenhouse was also given a makeover and is now being used by residents to grow vegetables and herbs to use in their cooking.

Giving mental wellbeing a boost 

Our Cadmore Lane scheme supports people with mental health problems, so Scott was enthusiastic about working on a project to provide a calming space for residents that can help improve their mental wellbeing too.

‘It has brought the residents closer together,’ said Scott. ‘We socialise in the garden now. It’s nice to sit out in the dry weather and talk about our own problems amongst ourselves. It’s really good that we have got a tight support network at Cadmore Lane.’

The garden revamp has been particularly important for Scott’s own mental wellbeing as he undergoes cancer treatment. ‘It’s my little project. It keeps me positive out there and takes my mind completely off my treatment.’

Project Worker, Megan, who has been helping Scott with the garden makeover said, ‘Scott has always had a passion for gardening and wanted to make the garden at Cadmore Lane a project to keep him busy while going through treatment.

‘He’s focused all his attention on making the garden look beautiful by planting colourful flowers, putting up hanging baskets, helping to build a shed for tenants to store things and even grown fresh vegetables for everyone to enjoy.

‘Scott has continued to remain positive throughout the cancer treatment and continues to look forward to his future once moving on from Cadmore Lane.’

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