The outdoor spaces at the Maples Care Home, run by Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, have been transformed thanks to a charitable gift in kind from J. Parkers, a family-run flower and plant company based in Stretford.
The makeover was organised through NorthCare, the official charity of the Trust, and was a two year-long project, which started when the charity approached J. Parker’s for donations of bedding plants. Keen to do more after visiting the site and seeing the potential, J. Parker’s offered to spearhead the project, providing gardening materials and encouraging their staff to volunteer to complete the gardening work.
“The project was a real team effort, even Managing Director Paul Parker did his bit, jet-washing the paving stones!” said Richard Liversage, J. Parker’s Manager.
“It’s been a pleasure to work on this project and see the real difference the outdoor space can make to patients and staff. We’re so proud to have been able to bring this vision to life, and we hope the garden brings joy to those who use it for many years to come.
“It’s been wonderful partnering with NorthCare throughout this worthwhile project, and we hope to continue our partnership with many more amazing projects like this in the future.”
The garden transformation included installing a new large gazebo, with access for wheelchairs, giving patients shade and shelter whilst they spend time outside. The team also ensured bedding plants were placed at a specific height so patients can access them easier, and cleared overgrown areas, using low maintenance materials to create a space easy for staff to manage.
“We’d like to say a huge thankyou to J.Parker’s for going above and beyond with their support of the project”, said Karen Casper, Fundraising Officer for NorthCare Charity.
“Watching their dedication over the last two years has been incredible, and we have already seen the positive impact these new spaces have had on patients and staff now they are in use. We’re so excited to work with J.Parker’s in the future to continue making a huge difference.”