Green-fingered residents at Peter Dyer Court get gardening advice from local experts

The Autumn sun shone for resident volunteers at Peter Dyer Court in Mablethorpe last Thursday morning (18 October), when they began bringing new life to their retirement living scheme’s communal garden.

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All in their seventies and eighties, the residents of housing association Stonewater, worked with local team members from ground maintenance firm John O’Conner to fill a large raised bed with alpine plants and bulbs, designed to bring a splash of colour to the garden all year round.

Residents will now maintain this area of the garden, using tools and compost donated by John O’Conner, as well as the professional gardening advice they received from the contractor’s team.

One of the resident volunteers, Kathy King, who is in her seventies, said: “A group of residents wanted a low maintenance area of the garden that we would be able to look after ourselves, and the team from John O’Conner provided exactly what we needed.

“The alpine plants will be very easy to maintain, and the equipment and compost they provided should keep us going for a long time.”

Janet Allinson, Stonewater’s retirement living service delivery officer at Peter Dyer Court, said: “It’s really important that our residents are able to get outside and enjoy our grounds. Not only does it provide those who enjoy gardening with a hobby, being able to appreciate the results of their hard work boosts everybody’s wellbeing.”

Chris Heath, contract supervisor at John O’Conner, added: “It was a really good morning spent in the garden with a group of residents our team already knew quite well. They all have an interest in gardening, so it was great to chat to them about what we were planting and why.

“The morning was all about promoting wellbeing and community spirit at Peter Dyer Court. We hope it was the first of many mornings the residents spend working outside together.”