The garden was designed with the needs of those living with dementia to support them to remain engaged with the natural world in order to glean the therapeutic benefits it has to offer. ‘Perennials’ supports all those with care needs and their carers; including those living with chronic illness, recent bereavement, loneliness and isolation.
The gardeners are supported to remain active and socially engaged by using light horticultural tasks that promote meaning, purpose and hope. They may come from care homes or the community and can be referred through GP’s as a means of social prescribing, from any health / social care practitioner, third sector and charity organisations or may refer themselves directly. They will need to supply their own transport (Tweedmill is on a bus route), and be accompanied by a carer where necessary. The service is free to the gardener who can attend a session for as long or as little as they can manage. No prior gardening experience is necessary.
During the sessions gardeners engage in tasks ranging from; looking at garden design and planning, seed sowing, potting on, propagation, watering, dead heading, light weeding, harvesting and, there is a poly tunnel for wet weather work and a place to enjoy a cuppa! Gardeners enjoy taking home the flowers and vegetables they grow and can participate in leaving a legacy to their local community. There will be an opportunity to work with Ysgol Tir Morfa as they support the project with the ‘heavier’ tasks of developing the garden. Gardeners may choose to go shopping or have lunch at Tweedmill following the sessions.
Come and see what it’s all about on our Garden Open Days as detailed below and feel free to pop in on a Wednesday or Thursday morning 10:00 – 12:00 from April 2nd 2020 onwards. Come and taste a session for yourself!
Garden Open Day dates 2020, 11:00 – 12:30;
Meet at the poly tunnel at 11:00 (follow the sign for deliveries on the left as you enter Tweedmill – parking is available on the left hand side alongside the poly tunnel), where light refreshments will be available and a garden tour and project brief will be delivered. There will be an opportunity to meet with ‘gardeners’ who use the project and a chance to learn more about the services available from Age Connects North Wales Central.
For further information on the Perennials project please contact project co-ordinator on the following details;
Isa Lamb – 0300 2345 007 / 01745 508628
isa.lamb @ acnwc.org
enquiries @ acnwc.org
Or pop into our office 15 Bridge Street, Denbigh, LL16 3LF