Initially, we sent out leaflets to encourage people to come and tell us what they would like their garden to look like. Lots of people attended, and showed us visually what they would like. We had young and old visit the house and many did drawings of what they wanted. We couldn’t buy giraffes but we did order strawberry plants and flowers.
Teenagers wanted to work more independently and as a group, they designed the front door and painted a mural onto the safety doors that protect the house when nobody is in.
In the back garden, we held a painting day to let residents paint bright designs on the back windows. Great fun was had by all.
After the initial consultation, the plan for the garden was drawn up by Tina Lawlor Mottram. Fruit: raspberries and strawberries, flowers to encourage wildlife, perennials and annuals and some edible herbs, which everybody wanted at our planning meetings. A local carpenter was employed to create a seat and many children from The Vineries helped to paint flowerpots.