The garden at Hampstead Road in Bristol, where I work, was starting to look very tired and dated and was not a great place for the people we support who live there, to use. After a bit of a discussion we decided a garden revamp was in order. We approached the Fundraising team at Brandon to ask if there was any way they could help support our project.
Fundraising managed to find 20 volunteers from local solicitor firm Burges Salmon, who came to the house ready to work! As they pulled down sheds, chopped back bushes, ripped out overgrown weeds, built raised planters, and sorted through loads of rubbish, we could see the transformation start to take place. After two days, things were looking much better but their time with us had sadly come to an end.
Our staff worked incredibly hard and carried on where our friends from Burges Salmon had left off. Many gave up their own time to clean the patio, paint fences, and build furniture. The people we support chose plants, flowers, shrubs, ornaments and sensory items to get the new-look garden ready for resident Josie's birthday barbecue party, which was also the date we had set for the grand unveiling.
On the morning of the 7th July, the staff team were buzzing with excitement, looking forward to showing off the garden to other members of the Trust and to the families of the individuals supported.
Massive thanks to the crew from Burges Salmon and everyone else that helped out and came to the party. We feel very proud of what has been achieved. The people who live at Hampstead Road are looking forward to continued good weather and spending time in their newly improved garden.