Local school children visit The Woodlands to learn about Autumn planting

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8th Nov Communities

We have recently welcomed pupils from Didsbury Road Primary School at The Woodlands in Heaton Mersey when they joined homeowners and our garden design team for Autumn planting in the beautiful gardens, planting Daffodils, Primula, Sweet William and Viola together.

We thought it would be fun to introduce gardening to a new generation and it’s a lovely way to connect with our local community. The project was well received by our homeowners. They thoroughly enjoyed sharing their gardening knowledge and experience with the children.

Our garden design expert, James King, was on hand along with Josh Slater, to brief the junior budding gardeners and to oversee the planting.

James and his team bring our vision to life for each of our retirement community gardens. They adapt and change their designs to suit each individual location, to provide an enriching space for our homeowners to enjoy all year-round. Bulbs are planted early Spring for a splash of colour, evergreens for all year-round coverage and deep borders to compliment the changing seasons.

There are many thoughtful seating and pathways around the gardens to create areas for quiet reflection and a summer house for socialising.

Mr Walker, a homeowner at The Woodlands said: “James and Josh do a wonderful job with the beautiful landscaped gardens at The Woodlands. It’s such a pleasure to be able to enjoy a lovely space like this without having to take on the regular mowing and maintenance that’s required to keep the gardens looking so lovely.

“The raised beds give those of us who enjoy gardening an opportunity to plant our own flowers and vegetables so we can enjoy spending some time outdoors in the good company of our fellow gardeners.

“It was great fun to pass on our enthusiasm for gardening to the youngsters who visited us today. I hope they will continue to put their new gardening skills to good use!”

The project was coordinated with Joanne Jones, Learning and Welfare Mentor at Didsbury Road Primary School.

Mrs Jones said: “We were so pleased when Adlington Retirement Living got in touch with us with the idea. This project has been a really lovely way for some of our pupils to get to know a different generation from of our local community.

The children were so excited to spend the morning learning about gardening. We’re hoping that at some point in the Spring, we’ll be able to visit The Woodlands again so that the children can see the flowers that they planted when they’re in bloom.”


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