On Saturday the 29th
May the residents and care team at Ivy Court Care Home in Norwich were very happy to be joined in the garden by Buxton Explorer Scout unit.
The team of volunteers aged 14-17 all came to help us with the project of our raised bed area. They gave up their own time, on a very hot sunny day, to help clear and wash the tarmac to make it safe to walk on, weed and dig the raised beds, tidy the gardening shed, weed and clear the area behind the shed, painting a bench and cutting back the over hanging trees.
They worked through the heat and were rewarded by Chef Tom at lunchtime with baguettes, chips, sausage rolls and an wonderful cheesecake. Leaders Helene and Sean were very pleased with how well they had all done and the rest in the shade was well deserved.
The area looks amazing and we send a really heartfelt thank you for all they have achieved so far. This area will be key in moving on with our plans to make Ivy Court outstanding with an area that all residents can help grow and nurture some plants, vegetables and herbs that we can then use in our kitchen and activities.
Karen, Wellbeing Lead who was proud to have both her girls in the group of volunteers, gave residents a ring side seat with trips outside to see the team hard at work and to investigate what was happening. The residents were very grateful for their help with many voicing just that from the other side of the garden.
The Explorers are planning a ground force style make over for the unused patch of land behind the shed and this will be an ongoing partnership where the teenagers can come and help us all while earning themselves credits towards badgework in the Scouting way.
We welcome the Buxton Explorer Scout Unit into our wider Ivy Court family and look forward to lots of intergenerational projects and interaction in the future.