Spire Homes ‘chuffed’ with Burleys’ care home sensory garden

Social housing provider Spire Homes is ‘chuffed’ with a sensory garden created by Burleys for residents of a care home in Northamptonshire.

The project saw Burleys grounds maintenance experts transform the garden of School Road in Irchester from a nondescript patch of grass and earth with a pond into a relaxing haven filled with interesting scents and textures.

The team filled in the unwanted pond and replaced it with texturally varied plants which will come into their own in the spring, installed a windchime and a bird table and laid a stone access path to help wheelchair users see the garden with ease.

School Road’s residents manage a range of conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal problems, epilepsy and partial blindness.

The work, which also saw Burleys donate £250 worth of plants to the scheme, was one of a number of ‘social value’ projects carried out by the Royal Warrant holding company which is part way through a 15 year partnership with Spire Homes.

Its brief is to look after communal outdoor spaces at Spire’s sheltered schemes, flats and bungalows and provide work placements, apprenticeships, gardening courses and local community projects.

Another of Burleys’ recent social value events saw the team transform an outdoor space in Rushden for the local community. The flowerbeds, on a new build site, were fighting a relentless battle against weeds.

Burleys installed new membranes and added plants to keep the weeds out to make the grounds easier on the eye for the tenants and easier to maintain.

They were joined by staff from Spire Homes and Axiom Housing, another member of the Longhurst Group, to help with the redevelopment.

Spire Homes service contact manager Meg Sanger was thrilled with the results and said: “Fab job. I’m chuffed to bits with this! Well done to all the team they must be really pleased with the results of their hard work.

“Penny, the mother of one of the residents at School Road is also thrilled to pieces. She was so upset when the pond was drained, since the running water and wildlife the pond brought gave such a sound stimulation to the residents. She is so happy with all the work which has been carried out.”

Spire Homes owns more than affordable 5,000 properties throughout Northamptonshire, Rutland and Leicestershire.