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Our garden design in use

It has been two months since we opened our new garden and it is a good time to see if our design works. It has been particularly good to observe the use of the garden over the last few weeks since the weather improved..

The use of different garden areas for different purposed is working so far and no doubt will evolve over time.

Our party/relaxing area works particularly well as it allows people to enjoy time in a big group and offers a quiet spot under the pergola to listen to the ‘garden sound’ in a cooling shade. We use it for our live music and dance afternoons, lunches on the terrace, light gardening or just a get together.


Our game/play zone is a great success and our residents and staff love it. It is used for sports, yoga,drama as we hoped it will. What is more it creates more distinct areas that offer a different experience for people and we can see it draws out people that would not have used it before.

Getting to know the rabbits.


A cool corner with a full view of the garden and home

Choir with its own audience


 Yoga and sports


A impromptu morning coffee and a chat

 Work area used for more intense gardening and on Tuesday with the Beacon School. The use will grow in line with summer season and especially when we have things to harvest – gem lettuce, strawberry and redcurrants will be first in line!


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