Garden makeover for Penmakers
With National Gardening Week getting underway on Monday, April 29, one of our housing schemes has begun work on breathing new life into its own garden.
Over the coming months a tired garden at Penmakers Court, an extra care scheme in Smethwick, Sandwell, is to be transformed into an attractive and contemplative space for residents, families and staff.
Designs for the garden at Millpool Way have been created by a designer working on a well-known TV design series and are currently being considered by Midland Heart housing association which owns the development.
Wayne Exton, Lifestyle Manager, said: “The brief we gave him was to design a garden that everyone who uses the building could relax in and enjoy as well as to create somewhere to help us remember people who are no longer with us.
“We have lost three residents this year and want to make sure the contribution that they and others made to this community is never forgotten.
“The designer, who is very kindly doing this design free of charge, has incorporated stones engraved with the names of previous residents into his concept. Now we are very excited to see how our garden will shape up over the coming months.”
The makeover will include refurbishing an existing wooden pavilion and garden furniture with the help of the nearby Sandwell Community School which has close links with Penmakers.
Wayne added that there were several keen gardeners living at Penmakers who will enjoy helping to plant up and tend the garden.
Students from the school have already raised £320 towards the works including opening their school for a day for fundraising. Former World Champion Boxer Steve Collins has kindly donated a signed boxing glove to be auctioned to raise more money to create the garden.
National Gardening Week runs from April 29 to May 5 to raise awareness of the difference gardens and gardening can make to lives of everyone in the UK. It aims to inspire the next generation of gardeners to experience the joy of gardening and visiting green spaces.